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Title: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mikeoracle on December 21, 2009, 12:15:47 AM
Has anyone been to Cancun Mexico? Looking for tips and advice on staying at the Hilton resort vs the Le Meridien (or other *wood properties). Also any info on what the beaches are like i.e. crowded or not, good quality etc...
Also any other tips...
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Charles The Govenor on December 21, 2009, 01:45:24 AM
Paging levi.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on December 21, 2009, 10:52:15 AM
The Le Meridien is pretty nice there. They usually give Suite upgrades to Plats as well as access to a lounge with free alcohol in the evening. If I remember correctly, Chabad is close by, but check with the Rabbi as he is not always around in the winter.


Oh and Charles, It's possible that Levi might be MIA on this subject. SPO!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mikeoracle on December 21, 2009, 11:04:08 AM
I am only SPG Gold but I am Hilton Diamond, that is why I am leaning towards the Hilton as I read that there are some nice upgrades available there.

If anyone has info on Kosher food or contacts please let me know.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Smirk on December 21, 2009, 12:16:49 PM
Status match??
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mikeoracle on December 21, 2009, 12:37:50 PM
Dont think I can, since I didnt get Diamond via hotel stays, rather through CC spending on the surpass card. I believe to status match you need to send in proof of stays. (either way I wouldnt waste a status match until i have alot of Starwod stays lined up for a year since it is once in a lifetime and lasts for 1 year...)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mikeoracle on December 22, 2009, 09:29:01 PM
Anyway to call the US from Mexico for cheap or free? I have a sprint cell, and will have my laptop with me.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: E on December 22, 2009, 11:33:14 PM
One thing that I learned from going, you dont need to rent a car public transport goes everywhere you want and for really cheap the only slightly tricky part I found was getting from the airport to the hotels, and you have to go to isla mujeres rent mopeds for the day go snorkeling there just amazing, if you have time take the bus to playa del carmen I went at night and it was really nice.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 22, 2009, 11:51:57 PM
Anyway to call the US from Mexico for cheap or free? I have a sprint cell, and will have my laptop with me.
Do you have gizmo5?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Smirk on December 23, 2009, 12:16:38 AM
there's a hotel in cancun calle "me" anyone been there? or know of a cheaper way to get rooms there?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mikeoracle on December 23, 2009, 10:54:15 AM
Dan,
I dont have Gizmo5 and was going to sign up yesterday in order to use the google voice trick, but it seems Google just bought out Gizmo5 and are not taking new signups until further notice :-(
Any other ideas?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: E on December 24, 2009, 12:38:40 AM
there's a hotel in cancun calle "me" anyone been there? or know of a cheaper way to get rooms there?
I stayed there on for a week for free using thank you points, nice hotel but very rude staff
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: rm on December 24, 2009, 01:12:14 AM
My co-workers in cancun now....I can get the highlights upon her return...
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mikeoracle on December 24, 2009, 10:47:46 AM
Thanks, that would be greatly appreciated!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: BrooklynCPA on December 29, 2009, 02:45:52 PM
I stayed at the Le Meridian a few years ago. I was upgraded to a junior suite and I was only Gold. It is a beautiful Boutique Hotel with great service, spetacular pools and the best Spa in Cancun. There are 3 pools one on top of the other (Like steps) and each on is a different tempature. There was major constuction next door but I would imagine is it done. No need to rent a car. There is a new Westin in the center of the strip at a much better location but dont know much about it.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mikeoracle on January 10, 2010, 05:22:08 PM
Spent last week in Cancun at the Hilton resort. I flew AA using my BA points. If anyone has any questions let me know. I will try to write up a trip report when i get a chance although it is not too detailed as we didnt do much (our idea of a vacation is doing very little :-) ).
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on January 11, 2010, 12:47:46 PM
I will try to write up a trip report when i get a chance

Please Do! I would love to see it
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mikeoracle on January 11, 2010, 10:46:03 PM
Cancun Trip report;
Since the report isnt too long I will also include some of the research I did in planning this trip.
We flew JFK-CUN on AA direct flight using the BA miles earned on the Chase Visa- 35K points each- plus a total of $118 for international airport fees for both tickets (same as if I would have booked on AA using AA points). Some might argue about the value of this redemption, since buying the tickets would have been alittle over $500 per ticket for me personally it is not too bad at about 1.5 cpm. Either way, since I dont travel that much my primary goal is more to travel free rather than maximize points which is only a close secondary for me , the BA points came in handy as I plan on using them for domestic travel mainly instead of AA points which are more valuable...
I made reservations online with "best day" for transfer from CUN- to hotel and back for $17/person which is much better than a taxi which will run at least $50 for one way to the hotel since they are all unionized or any of the shuttles which are around $65 RT so they are only worth it if there are more in the group. I did most of this research on the Tripadvisor Cancun forums and Flyertalk forums.
We stayed at the Hilton Resort on points- 40K points per night- I emailed the concierge a week in advance asking nicely for a confirmed upgrade based on my Diamond status (based on spending on the Surpass card) and am glad i did, since it is high season there was almost 100% occupancy and the concierge reserved the last Junior suite available for me which was really great. It had a nice living room and a huge balcony that was about 300 plus SQ ft with full ocean view and a whirlpool tub on the balcony!! Also as a Diamond member we got access to the "villas lounge" for breakfast (which we never went to although they probably had cereals and fruits...) and cocktail hour in  the evenings, which was good for Beer at least....
The property is huge and has alot of beautiful pools (including a swim up bar :-) ) and a nice size beach since it is so wide as opposed to some of the nearby hotels that are all lined up one next to another so the beach is only as wide as each property. There are also tennis courts and a Spa. As for the beach situation, it was pretty big but had big rocks right at the water edge which mad it dangerous to try getting into the water but that should be fixed shortly as it is being widely reported that Cancun is in middle of a huge "beach restoration project" since alot of the beaches along the coast have totally corroded and the water literally laps at some hotel staircases. They started on the north part of the hotel zone and are pumping sand that these huge "dredgers" are pulling up and pumping them onto the beaches and extendeding them outward about 100' plus feet. The new beaches are really impressive. when i left they were about 2 hotels north of the hilton and seem to be moving pretty fast. There are alot of threads on tripadvisor with daily updates on the project and status of where they are up to. the before and after pictures are unbelievable. I actually got to watch this huge pipe pumping sand out which was really cool.
All in all we didnt do much as our vacations are generally for relaxation purposes and we just chill, tan, read and drink ;-)

There are alot of water sports all over the place including snorkeling, scuba, para-sailing, jet skiing etc... also jeep excursions and ancient ruins... Also alot of nightlife around.

Not much kosher food available, just some items on the Walmart and Costco shelves so we brought along a george forman grill and our own food.

I am not sure if i missed anything, if anyone has any specific questions let me know.

I also wanted to give a shout out to Dan for another mostly free vacation (total out of pocket cos including airport parking transportation food etc... aprox $250) thanks mainly to this website- THANKS DAN!!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Cheap dude on January 11, 2010, 10:59:36 PM
Sounds like loads of fun!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: mordys on January 12, 2010, 12:42:53 AM
Has anyone gone to the xplore park? http://www.xplor.travel/
it got a great review in the WSJ.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on January 12, 2010, 06:41:21 AM
Cancun Trip report;
Since the report isnt too long I will also include some of the research I did in planning this trip.
We flew JFK-CUN on AA direct flight using the BA miles earned on the Chase Visa- 35K points each- plus a total of $118 for international airport fees for both tickets (same as if I would have booked on AA using AA points). Some might argue about the value of this redemption, since buying the tickets would have been alittle over $500 per ticket for me personally it is not too bad at about 1.5 cpm. Either way, since I dont travel that much my primary goal is more to travel free rather than maximize points which is only a close secondary for me , the BA points came in handy as I plan on using them for domestic travel mainly instead of AA points which are more valuable...
I made reservations online with "best day" for transfer from CUN- to hotel and back for $17/person which is much better than a taxi which will run at least $50 for one way to the hotel since they are all unionized or any of the shuttles which are around $65 RT so they are only worth it if there are more in the group. I did most of this research on the Tripadvisor Cancun forums and Flyertalk forums.
We stayed at the Hilton Resort on points- 40K points per night- I emailed the concierge a week in advance asking nicely for a confirmed upgrade based on my Diamond status (based on spending on the Surpass card) and am glad i did, since it is high season there was almost 100% occupancy and the concierge reserved the last Junior suite available for me which was really great. It had a nice living room and a huge balcony that was about 300 plus SQ ft with full ocean view and a whirlpool tub on the balcony!! Also as a Diamond member we got access to the "villas lounge" for breakfast (which we never went to although they probably had cereals and fruits...) and cocktail hour in  the evenings, which was good for Beer at least....
The property is huge and has alot of beautiful pools (including a swim up bar :-) ) and a nice size beach since it is so wide as opposed to some of the nearby hotels that are all lined up one next to another so the beach is only as wide as each property. There are also tennis courts and a Spa. As for the beach situation, it was pretty big but had big rocks right at the water edge which mad it dangerous to try getting into the water but that should be fixed shortly as it is being widely reported that Cancun is in middle of a huge "beach restoration project" since alot of the beaches along the coast have totally corroded and the water literally laps at some hotel staircases. They started on the north part of the hotel zone and are pumping sand that these huge "dredgers" are pulling up and pumping them onto the beaches and extendeding them outward about 100' plus feet. The new beaches are really impressive. when i left they were about 2 hotels north of the hilton and seem to be moving pretty fast. There are alot of threads on tripadvisor with daily updates on the project and status of where they are up to. the before and after pictures are unbelievable. I actually got to watch this huge pipe pumping sand out which was really cool.
All in all we didnt do much as our vacations are generally for relaxation purposes and we just chill, tan, read and drink ;-)

There are alot of water sports all over the place including snorkeling, scuba, para-sailing, jet skiing etc... also jeep excursions and ancient ruins... Also alot of nightlife around.

Not much kosher food available, just some items on the Walmart and Costco shelves so we brought along a george forman grill and our own food.

I am not sure if i missed anything, if anyone has any specific questions let me know.

I also wanted to give a shout out to Dan for another mostly free vacation (total out of pocket cos including airport parking transportation food etc... aprox $250) thanks mainly to this website- THANKS DAN!!

Well done! Did you happen to stop by the Chabad there?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mikeoracle on January 12, 2010, 09:25:45 AM
I emailed the Chabad Rabbi because i was thinking of coming for shabbos but it didnt work out in the end. It sounds like Chabad is not yet fully established yet and there is no steady minyan there. The rabbi invited us for the Shabbos meals but he was based out of the Avalon hotel that shabbos and I couldnt find availability there or nearby since it was new years weekend. here is the link to the Chabad Cancun's website;

http://www.jewishcancun.com/
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 15, 2010, 04:18:05 PM
Thanks for writing up the trip report, sounds like it was great!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Charles The Govenor on January 25, 2010, 01:15:04 AM
Great trip report. 
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: stevenk on June 02, 2010, 01:53:27 PM
Im going to Cancun July 5 - 8 staying at Le Meridian. Any hotel advice? Hotel warming up food for us? any advice would be greatly appreciated
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: BrooklynCPA on June 03, 2010, 02:24:05 PM
Beautiful Hotel. I am not sure about hotel heating up food but try to get upgraded to a  Junior suite that has a kitchenette with a microwave. Enjoy.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: jmail on August 22, 2010, 11:33:59 PM
Stayed in Westin lagunamar on SPG Vacation promotion. Had a great time. Will post when I can. If anyone wants to discuss, post or PM.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Club2000 on August 29, 2010, 02:35:43 AM
Has anyone been to Cancun Mexico? Looking for tips and advice on staying at the Hilton resort vs the Le Meridien (or other *wood properties). Also any info on what the beaches are like i.e. crowded or not, good quality etc...
Also any other tips...

I stayed few time in meridian its very nice
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Club2000 on August 29, 2010, 02:43:10 AM
with AA its only 25K miles and something like 70$ tax
very cheap rental car blueway 10$ a day plus aiport tax
 

AND YOU CAN ORDER YOU KOSHER FOOD AT http://www.experiencekosher.com/
I experienced it is extremely good and is worth every penny of you vacation
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Club2000 on August 29, 2010, 02:44:10 AM
the AA lounge in CUN dont let in passenger to USA no matter card or status you have
Title: Cancun Trip- suggestions wanted
Post by: ajp on February 08, 2011, 10:30:01 PM
I'm planning a trip to Cancun with my wife and wanted to know if anyone had any suggestions on places to go/stay.  Also, I've heard about the Chabad family who provides meals.  Anyone ever gotten food from them?  How is it?  How much do meals cost?  Have you tried travelling with food?

I'm leaning towards staying at La Amada.  Prices are great right now.  Will my Platinum card be any help for this trip?  The only Starwoods hotel, Le Meridien, has gotten really bad reviews lately.

Any ideas are appreciated.
Title: Re: Cancun Trip- suggestions wanted
Post by: Cholentfresser on February 08, 2011, 10:57:46 PM
I've never been to Cancun before, so I don't think I can answer most of your questions, but what I can say is that I know the chabad shliach there and he is a very nice guy, and I'm sure he'd help u if u email him. check on chabad.org/centers
Title: Re: Cancun Trip- suggestions wanted
Post by: E on February 09, 2011, 12:56:50 AM
try this http://www.dansdeals.com/forums/index.php?topic=1451.0
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: FgfWr on March 09, 2011, 01:24:41 PM
I'm looking to go to Cancun in a few weeks but I haven't been able to figure out how to keep food I bring refrigerated/frozen. I've looked at the Hilton and Hyatt and they both told me that they don't offer any sort of fridge. Any help would be appreciated
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 09, 2011, 01:36:19 PM
I'm looking to go to Cancun in a few weeks but I haven't been able to figure out how to keep food I bring refrigerated/frozen. I've looked at the Hilton and Hyatt and they both told me that they don't offer any sort of fridge. Any help would be appreciated
They have no minibars?  Sounds strange.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: FgfWr on March 09, 2011, 01:45:22 PM
They do but when I asked them if that includes a mini fridge they said no.
They have no minibars?  Sounds strange.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 09, 2011, 01:47:02 PM
They do but when I asked them if that includes a mini fridge they said no.
Like I said, sounds strange.  I would call back/ask for a manager.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: E on March 09, 2011, 02:45:03 PM
you can usually take things out of the minibar and put in your own just make sure they don't charge you when you are checking out. Worst case I bring a cooler and change the Ice every once in a while.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mikeoracle on March 09, 2011, 02:52:02 PM
They have no minibars?  Sounds strange.
I had a mini fridge in my junior suite at the Hilton Cancun. We emptied out all their items and filled it with ours. It was pretty small and we had to be creative. For the first day or two we filled the sink with ice from the ice machine and kept some of our stuff that didnt fit in the fridge there.
Try asking about keeping some stuff in their fridge downstairs, that way you can seperate some food for the latter part of your trip and get it when you have place in your mini fridge.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 09, 2011, 02:56:19 PM
I had a mini fridge in my junior suite at the Hilton Cancun. We emptied out all their items and filled it with ours. It was pretty small and we had to be creative. For the first day or two we filled the sink with ice from the ice machine and kept some of our stuff that didnt fit in the fridge there.
Try asking about keeping some stuff in their fridge downstairs, that way you can seperate some food for the latter part of your trip and get it when you have place in your mini fridge.
Most hotels can give you an extra minibar (and microwave, etc) if you request it beforehand.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: AsherO on March 09, 2011, 04:03:20 PM
Any way to get an upgrade for a Cancun Hilton stay booked via an Expedia (ticket+hotel) deal?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 09, 2011, 04:06:01 PM
Any way to get an upgrade for a Cancun Hilton stay booked via an Expedia (ticket+hotel) deal?
Get HHonors elite status?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: AsherO on March 09, 2011, 04:09:29 PM
Get HHonors elite status?

You mean this (https://www.hiltonhhonors.com/processLanding4.aspx?lp=mileagepluselite&cid=OM,HN,mileageplus,LP2010)?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 09, 2011, 04:12:35 PM
You mean this (https://www.hiltonhhonors.com/processLanding4.aspx?lp=mileagepluselite&cid=OM,HN,mileageplus,LP2010)?
Can't hurt.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mikeoracle on March 09, 2011, 06:56:43 PM
Also try emailing Olga Medina who works at the concierge and helped me confirm our suite in advance. She is known to be very helpful. I have 2 email addresses, I am not sure which one is the correct one (or maybe both?) olga_medina at Hilton.com or olga.medina at Hilton.com
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: AsherO on March 09, 2011, 08:22:26 PM
Also try emailing Olga Medina who works at the concierge and helped me confirm our suite in advance. She is known to be very helpful. I have 2 email addresses, I am not sure which one is the correct one (or maybe both?) olga_medina at Hilton.com or olga.medina at Hilton.com

I should try this even with Hilton Silver?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mikeoracle on March 09, 2011, 08:44:30 PM
I should try this even with Hilton Silver?
Yes. No guarantees but she is really helpful and tries hard to please if she can.
Pull the "special occasion" card and how your friends raved about how helpful she is... you get the idea ;)

Search FT treads for her name. Lots of positive experiences.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: AsherO on March 15, 2011, 03:34:25 PM
Yes. No guarantees but she is really helpful and tries hard to please if she can.
Pull the "special occasion" card and how your friends raved about how helpful she is... you get the idea ;)

Search FT treads for her name. Lots of positive experiences.

Thanks so much, they got an oceanfront villa using your suggestion :)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mikeoracle on March 15, 2011, 03:37:33 PM
Thanks so much, they got an oceanfront villa using your suggestion :)
8)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: HesderGuy on March 15, 2011, 07:24:40 PM
Ziplining in Selvatica is absolutely amazing!
www.selvatica.com.mx/ (http://www.selvatica.com.mx/)
 
I did that with my son, while my wife stayed on the beach back in Cancun   :)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: AsherO on March 15, 2011, 07:27:06 PM
Ziplining in Selvatica is absolutely amazing!
www.selvatica.com.mx/ (http://www.selvatica.com.mx/)
 
I did that with my son, while my wife stayed on the beach back in Cancun   :)

Travel time from Cancun?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: HesderGuy on March 15, 2011, 07:32:56 PM
Travel time from Cancun?
About an hour from the last hotel pickup
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Ike on July 24, 2011, 04:38:01 PM
Always get upgraded on Hilton Gold....
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on November 05, 2012, 03:37:52 PM
Looking to go to Cancun with wife and kids for Thanksgiving (yeah I know, I'll definitely get the best rates at that period  ::)).

I am just going to buy an expedia flight/hotel package.

I saw the hilton had great reviews but apparently it is closed now... I am Hyatt Platinum and Hilton Gold. Do you think I should just go to the hyatt and apply suite upgrades or it would be better to go to a better hotel (based on reviews) like Ritz Carlton or Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Resort & Spa which are about the same price and I can upgrade the room to suites for about $50-$100 per night... Hyatt has also great reviews and is also in a great location but I am just wondering what's the best value for my buck. TIA
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Yoko on November 20, 2012, 10:02:26 PM
I would also like to go 12/2 - 12/6.
I have SPG, MR points & BA avios points
Any suggestions as to how to get the best mileage out of my points?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Jack-L on January 21, 2013, 03:30:33 PM
I'm planning on going to Cancun in 2-3 weeks,Anyone there recently? Any advice on which hotels?(Is there any "All inclusive" hotels that i can book with points?) Food?
Thanks!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on January 21, 2013, 03:37:18 PM
I'm planning on going to Cancun in 2-3 weeks,Anyone there recently? Any advice on which hotels?(Is there any "All inclusive" hotels that i can book with points?) Food?
Thanks!
I went to the Riu Penninsula and had an amazing time! The hotel is brand new (opened in mid-2012) and upgraded to an oceanview corner terrace with jacuzzi inside and outside for very cheap. They have a great bar and lounge chairs in the pool. If u are not going with kids, i heard the Live Aqua is also great. For points redemption, no idea.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Jack-L on January 21, 2013, 03:47:04 PM
I went to the Riu Penninsula and had an amazing time! The hotel is brand new (opened in mid-2012) and upgraded to an oceanview corner terrace with jacuzzi inside and outside. They have a great bar and lounge chairs in the pool. If u are not going with kids, i heard the Live Aqua is also great. For points redemption, no idea.
Thanks! And what about food did u schlep along meat? Did u order from Chabad?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on January 21, 2013, 03:53:11 PM
Thanks! And what about food did u schlep along meat? Did u order from Chabad?
No I shlept everything from NY
Title: Re: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: elikay on January 21, 2013, 05:01:29 PM
No I shlept everything from NY
They don't give you problems with bringing meat?
Title: Re: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on January 21, 2013, 05:27:44 PM
They don't give you problems with bringing meat?
They do! Anything that is cooked apparently. There are about 3 checks that they do at cancun's airport and one of them with an xray machine for the suitcases. We were pulled on the side for that one. Unfortunately my son has food allergy, so that helped us (my wife always has the Doctor's note on her iphone and they let us go. Thankfully they didnt really do the math that my son is 18 months old and we had about 15 frozen boxes of chicken, meat, fish, etc.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: elikay on January 28, 2013, 03:05:05 PM
What did you do about a cellphone?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Yossi. on January 28, 2013, 03:14:44 PM
What did you do about a cellphone?
I have GV so before i leave the US i forward my cell phone # to GV to receive calls. For outgoing calls, GV, skype, SIP... At the RIU they have very good free wifi all over
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Ai1234 on February 01, 2013, 02:47:16 PM
Did anyone ever try this? Thekosherpalace.com  ...is this kosher year round? I tried to call the number on the site for info but no one is answering (not sure of their hours so will be trying again next week)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: daganster on February 10, 2013, 12:31:25 AM
Has anyone anyone been to Playa Del Carmen? I'm travelling there in March for 5 days if anyone has any good  ideas for a nice hotel that's reasonably priced I'd appreciate it. 
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lcyitz on February 10, 2013, 12:40:25 AM
Has anyone anyone been to Playa Del Carmen? I'm travelling there in March for 5 days if anyone has any good  ideas for a nice hotel that's reasonably priced I'd appreciate it.
Yes great choice! No idea where to stay ".
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: daganster on February 10, 2013, 12:42:35 AM
Yes great choice! No idea where to stay ".
Is this a question, response or a  remark? I'm not sure what your saying!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: chff on March 15, 2013, 01:46:57 PM
Any info on the Hyatt?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: kingsfan33 on May 21, 2013, 02:09:47 PM
can anyone recommend a tour company for the various things to do in cancun?
specifically, there are a number of tour company's offering to Coba
http://www.alltournative.com/tours-expeditions/jungle_maya_expedition.asp

also on my list:
Xplor park
Selvatica
http://www.alltournative.com/tours-expeditions/jungle_maya_expedition.asp

i know there are motorcycle rental places, anyone with any good/bad experience with any of these.

also, what about transportation to/from the airport?

thanks!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Ephcc90 on June 19, 2013, 05:40:53 PM
hey im booked at the westin for 5 nights(thank you starwood amex!). Any ideas how to get upgraded there without any status? It is my honeymoon:)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on June 19, 2013, 07:14:28 PM
hey im booked at the westin for 5 nights(thank you starwood amex!). Any ideas how to get upgraded there without any status? It is my honeymoon:)
Call SPG and ask if they could upgrade you to Gold. (I know it sounds weird, but just do it)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Ephcc90 on June 19, 2013, 07:49:43 PM
Call SPG and ask if they could upgrade you to Gold. (I know it sounds weird, but just do it)

really? Any advice what I should say?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Ephcc90 on June 19, 2013, 08:52:40 PM
Call SPG and ask if they could upgrade you to Gold. (I know it sounds weird, but just do it)
 
Thank you so much!!! it actually worked! I first called the regular number and the guy was like "sorry i dont have the authority to do that" so i called the gold number and the lady did it after 2 seconds "we could do that this one time"!!!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: MEIR613 on June 20, 2013, 12:04:34 AM
 
Thank you so much!!!
Anytime
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on June 26, 2013, 04:25:22 PM
Anyone have any experience with the (current) SPG properties in Cancun? All three of them seem to be located in the same area, just down the road from Chabad. Any recommendations?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: kingsfan33 on June 26, 2013, 04:38:53 PM
just stayed at westin lagunamar. was amazing.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: schneury on June 26, 2013, 04:48:28 PM
Just stayed at the westin lagunamar nice hotel but the wifi wasn't really working they said they know there is a problem... after a few days and telling a manager that I want a refund within 30 min I got a access point, otherwise nice place  but very humid in the summer and the chabad shliach is not there now
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on June 27, 2013, 03:43:18 AM
Just stayed at the westin lagunamar nice hotel but the wifi wasn't really working they said they know there is a problem... after a few days and telling a manager that I want a refund within 30 min I got a access point, otherwise nice place  but very humid in the summer and the chabad shliach is not there now

Bummer. When is he supposed to be back? (I'm thinking of going the week after Tisha B'av.)

Also, I'm not familiar with how these things work... if he's not there now, are they shut down completely? Or does someone replace him in the meantime?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: schneury on June 27, 2013, 07:45:59 AM
Bummer. When is he supposed to be back? (I'm thinking of going the week after Tisha B'av.)

Also, I'm not familiar with how these things work... if he's not there now, are they shut down completely? Or does someone replace him in the meantime?
Not sure you could check is website Jewishcancun.com
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 27, 2013, 01:03:14 PM
The Shliach an hour south in Riviera Maya/Mayakoba should be around and he is a DD fan.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on June 27, 2013, 01:05:36 PM
The Shliach an hour south in Riviera Maya/Mayakoba should be around and he is a DD fan.

Are you saying that there is someone who wouldnt be a DD fan? I would like to meet him and knock some sense into him.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on June 27, 2013, 02:03:40 PM
The Shliach an hour south in Riviera Maya/Mayakoba should be around and he is a DD fan.

I hear ya... but if this Chabad house is, indeed, four minutes from the Westin, it would be infinitely more convenient than traveling an hour each way every time I need something. :P

Is he here on DDF?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 27, 2013, 02:22:13 PM
Fairmont Riviera Maya has good reviews and starts at $171 and double miles via this link:
https://www.fairmont.com/reservations/check-availability/?hc=MYK&pc=POWX

Sale details:
https://www.fairmont.com/mayakoba-riviera-maya/special-offers/hotel-offers/promotions/everyones-an-original-summer-offer/

Might be better off selling the SPG rather than burning.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Ephcc90 on June 27, 2013, 02:39:45 PM
Anybody know anything about the other westin? It's a catagory 3. Is it worth it to stay in the lagunamar or is the other one fine?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on June 27, 2013, 06:13:27 PM
Fairmont Riviera Maya has good reviews and starts at $171 and double miles via this link:
https://www.fairmont.com/reservations/check-availability/?hc=MYK&pc=POWX

Sale details:
https://www.fairmont.com/mayakoba-riviera-maya/special-offers/hotel-offers/promotions/everyones-an-original-summer-offer/

Might be better off selling the SPG rather than burning.

Westin Lagunamar is $209 for my dates. I just hit SPG Plat, 75 Nights Edition (:D), so that's 6 SPG per dollar on my SPG Amex. At roughly 2 cpp, that's a rebate of around $25 per night (so effectively $184 per night). Plus as an SPG Plat (at Fairmont I've got nothing) I get fun bennies like free WiFi and brekkie. Additionally, I hope to get upgraded, either for free or by using my some of my 10 suite upgrade certs that I got for hitting 50 nights (assuming they're any good at that property). Finally, with Your24™, I can check out at the same time of day I check in, even if it's 10 PM.

Any questions? ;D
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: listen2learn on July 02, 2013, 04:00:09 PM
Westin Lagunamar is $209 for my dates. I just hit SPG Plat, 75 Nights Edition (:D), so that's 6 SPG per dollar on my SPG Amex. At roughly 2 cpp, that's a rebate of around $25 per night (so effectively $184 per night). Plus as an SPG Plat (at Fairmont I've got nothing) I get fun bennies like free WiFi and brekkie. Additionally, I hope to get upgraded, either for free or by using my some of my 10 suite upgrade certs that I got for hitting 50 nights (assuming they're any good at that property). Finally, with Your24™, I can check out at the same time of day I check in, even if it's 10 PM.

Any questions? ;D

WOW! Yeh I got a question, "How do you do it?"
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: listen2learn on July 02, 2013, 04:03:48 PM
Fairmont Riviera Maya has good reviews and starts at $171 and double miles via this link:
https://www.fairmont.com/reservations/check-availability/?hc=MYK&pc=POWX

Sale details:
https://www.fairmont.com/mayakoba-riviera-maya/special-offers/hotel-offers/promotions/everyones-an-original-summer-offer/

Might be better off selling the SPG rather than burning.

Nice! I am looking to send a good friend to a vacation, flights, hotel and rental covered, for two days.

I was going to fly him with Southwest/Airtran.
I still don't know how to do the hotel.
I am going to use Amex bluesky points to cover the rental.

How would I sell my SPg points, or whats the best way to get a hotel with any credit card?




Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on July 14, 2013, 09:31:41 PM
Anybody have any information on the difference between the two Westins in Cancun?

Also, what's the best option for getting for the airport to either Westin?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Ephcc90 on July 14, 2013, 09:41:01 PM
Anybody have any information on the difference between the two Westins in Cancun?

Also, what's the best option for getting for the airport to either Westin?
I'm actually staying by the westin and spa next week and I arranged with the hotel a van service for 35 bucks
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on July 16, 2013, 08:55:16 PM
I'm actually staying by the westin and spa next week and I arranged with the hotel a van service for 35 bucks

The Westin Resort and Spa? Not the Lagunamar? From when to when are you going?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: robi on July 16, 2013, 11:38:15 PM
Am I allowed to bring raw chicken and beef into CUN?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on July 17, 2013, 12:15:59 AM
Am I allowed to bring raw chicken and beef into CUN?

+1

For that matter, am I allowed to bring any food into Cancun?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Ephcc90 on July 17, 2013, 12:34:35 AM
The Westin Resort and Spa? Not the Lagunamar? From when to when are you going?
From the reviews it seemed that the resort and spa was a little more secluded which is what I want. I'm flying Mia to cancun on the 21st and flying back to Mia early on the 26th.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Ephcc90 on July 17, 2013, 12:35:58 AM
+1

For that matter, am I allowed to bring any food into Cancun?
I certainly hope so!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: elikay on July 17, 2013, 12:51:46 AM
Am I allowed to bring raw chicken and beef into CUN?
Assuming its the same as MEX the answer would be no. Rules are pretty much the same as into the US they've got a website, not at my computer now.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: robi on July 17, 2013, 01:07:38 AM
would appear that chicken with a USDA seal is ok to bring
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: elikay on July 17, 2013, 08:58:44 AM
would appear that chicken with a USDA seal is ok to bring
Link?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: robi on July 17, 2013, 09:00:34 AM
Link?
don't have a specific link, that's what I gathered from reading online and asking around, hence  "would appear"
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: elikay on July 17, 2013, 09:37:27 AM
don't have a specific link, that's what I gathered from reading online and asking around, hence  "would appear"
I'll try to fish up a link when I have a chance
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: schneury on July 17, 2013, 12:20:39 PM
You can't bring raw meat or chicken in to mexico we brought fish that we BBQ and cheese with a sandwich maker
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: elikay on July 17, 2013, 04:50:30 PM
I'll try to fish up a link when I have a chance
http://www.cancun-airport.com/customs.htm
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on July 18, 2013, 03:42:14 PM
From the Chabad website:

Customs will allow food to be brought into Mexico Providing that you are not entering with any beef products or produce.

Chicken most be labeled and sealed in order to pass customs.


Any truth to that?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Club2000 on July 21, 2013, 03:48:43 AM
Any dry food is ok
Any meat it's a no no

Frozen chicken it's at your own risk and it depend on their mood

Vacuumed turkey  and poultry it's ok

Cheese and yogurt ok if frozen and made in the USA



From the Chabad website:

Customs will allow food to be brought into Mexico Providing that you are not entering with any beef products or produce.

Chicken most be labeled and sealed in order to pass customs.


Any truth to that?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Club2000 on July 21, 2013, 03:51:41 AM
You. An get good kosher  food in the riviera maya and playa del Carmen

Kosher restaurant at the Chabad of Playa del Carmen 
JewishPlaya.com/KosherPlaya

kosher room service
JewishPlaya.com/kosherFood
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Ephcc90 on July 24, 2013, 12:03:04 PM
Anybody know of any good activities here?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Club2000 on August 13, 2013, 04:19:16 PM
Jet ski
Zip line
Atv in jungle
Scubadiving
Snorkeling
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: BBM on October 02, 2013, 08:56:01 PM
Posting from Cancun now! :D
Just a food update: I planned ahead and did not bring any meat or cold cuts so they would not get taken away at customs.
However i did bring tuna, and a few smoked lox platters,which were examined by customs but approved after some inspection. (sealed package from a supermarket).
The kosher restaurant named Dag Dag is closed for renovations,and may be moving to the the hotel zone. Although not posted on their website that they are closed, the owner directed us to a meat restaurant called For-tuna food was good, and fairly priced.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Club2000 on October 21, 2013, 11:07:31 PM
Posting from Cancun now! :D
Just a food update: I planned ahead and did not bring any meat or cold cuts so they would not get taken away at customs.
However i did bring tuna, and a few smoked lox platters,which were examined by customs but approved after some inspection. (sealed package from a supermarket).
The kosher restaurant named Dag Dag is closed for renovations,and may be moving to the the hotel zone. Although not posted on their website that they are closed, the owner directed us to a meat restaurant called For-tuna food was good, and fairly priced.

Are you sure it's kosher ?!!!!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: BBM on October 22, 2013, 05:39:41 AM
Yes. He had a Hechser from the Bet Din in Mexico city. And I saw all the products in the back.
As well he daven with a minyan everyday there, and the community vouched for him.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yoss6400 on October 26, 2013, 11:28:52 PM
i am planning to go in Jan, to Cancun does it pay to buy miles etc, for hotels ? 
which hotels besides Hilton pays to go?
and what abouut food these days there
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: BBM on October 27, 2013, 05:30:55 AM
i am planning to go in Jan, to Cancun does it pay to buy miles etc, for hotels ? 
which hotels besides Hilton pays to go?
and what abouut food these days there
Aloft Spg hotel only 4k a night or the Westin for 7k>
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yoss6400 on October 27, 2013, 11:29:22 AM
Aloft Spg hotel only 4k a night or the Westin for 7k>
i see the price for a decent room in the westin is $141 does not pay to buy spg for that
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: BBM on October 27, 2013, 11:43:28 AM
i see the price for a decent room in the westin is $141 does not pay to buy spg for that
Go for it.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Ephcc90 on October 27, 2013, 11:55:02 AM

Go for it.
Unless ur going to be there for 5 nights...
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yoss6400 on October 27, 2013, 08:42:40 PM
Unless ur going to be there for 5 nights...
what changes then?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on October 27, 2013, 08:50:05 PM
what changes then?

Get the 5th night free with points.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yoss6400 on October 27, 2013, 10:56:16 PM
oh thanks
will prob go from Sunday till Thursday
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: daganster on October 27, 2013, 11:05:24 PM
oh thanks
will prob go from Sunday till Thursday
You're staying at the Westin or the Aloft?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yoss6400 on October 28, 2013, 11:14:27 AM
i am thinking westin
didn't book yet. what do you suggest
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Club2000 on November 05, 2013, 10:38:31 AM
Yes. He had a Hechser from the Bet Din in Mexico city. And I saw all the products in the back.
As well he daven with a minyan everyday there, and the community vouched for him.

Not sure which Beis din is that
But it's meat place an there is no mashgiach or a person that is shomer Shabbat all the time

From my experience there is a lot of kosher style in Mexico and there is nothing that stops them to shop at local Walmart when running out of chicken 
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yoss6400 on November 05, 2013, 11:41:10 AM
Not sure which Beis din is that
But it's meat place an there is no mashgiach or a person that is shomer Shabbat all the time

From my experience there is a lot of kosher style in Mexico and there is nothing that stops them to shop at local Walmart when running out of chicken
so what's your suggestion regarding food?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: daganster on November 05, 2013, 11:45:59 AM
so what's your suggestion regarding food?
FYI there is a kosher restaurant in Chabad of Playa Del Carmen about a 40 min drive from CUN.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: daganster on November 05, 2013, 11:47:43 AM
i am thinking westin
didn't book yet. what do you suggest
I've stayed at the Westin and it's quite nice, maybe someone that stayed at the Aloft can chime in as to which one is better.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yoss6400 on November 05, 2013, 03:17:23 PM
I've stayed at the Westin and it's quite nice, maybe someone that stayed at the Aloft can chime in as to which one is better.
do they include water sports ?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: daganster on November 05, 2013, 05:52:27 PM
do they include water sports ?
I wouldn't know because I didn't do any water sports.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on November 05, 2013, 06:25:06 PM
The Aloft isn't even directly on the beach, IIRC.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: BBM on November 05, 2013, 07:02:40 PM
The Aloft isn't even directly on the beach, IIRC.
3 min walk literally.  ;)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yoss6400 on November 06, 2013, 02:44:09 PM
The Aloft isn't even directly on the beach, IIRC.
then what's it worth , any benefit going there over the westin?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: BBM on November 06, 2013, 06:20:09 PM
then what's it worth , any benefit going there over the westin?
Less points. ;)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yoss6400 on November 06, 2013, 08:54:53 PM
Less points. ;)
Super 6 motel is Evan  less points ;)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on November 17, 2013, 02:42:03 AM
was thinking about arranging minyanim (at least for non torah days) in the Westin Lagunamar Cancun during yeshiva week. i will be there jan 19-24, do we have enough other DDFers? I'm probably switching to the aloft for shabbos 24-26 so i can daven at the Chabad 5 minutes away.

Also, if you are looking for just a studio suite at the langunamar, they have a deal for $319 total for 4 nights with a free 5000 SPG point bonus through their vacation ownership program (i think u need to sit through presentation). LMK if you want a link, not sure the dates u want will be available but it doesnt hurt to try.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yoss6400 on November 17, 2013, 11:37:57 AM
was thinking about arranging minyanim (at least for non torah days) in the Westin Lagunamar Cancun during yeshiva week. i will be there jan 19-24, do we have enough other DDFers? I'm probably switching to the aloft for shabbos 24-26 so i can daven at the Chabad 5 minutes away.

Also, if you are looking for just a studio suite at the langunamar, they have a deal for $319 total for 4 nights with a free 5000 SPG point bonus through their vacation ownership program (i think u need to sit through presentation). LMK if you want a link, not sure the dates u want will be available but it doesnt hurt to try.
what about food? that's my concern
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on November 18, 2013, 01:05:59 AM
Two kosher options (Chabad and the dag dag rmilchig restaurant) what more do u need? Also most suites in lagunamar have big fridges, ranges etc. and there are plenty of kosher food items to buy at costco/walmart/SAMs club
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: BBM on November 18, 2013, 09:10:01 AM
Two kosher options (Chabad and the dag dag rmilchig restaurant) what more do u need? Also most suites in lagunamar have big fridges, ranges etc. and there are plenty of kosher food items to buy at costco/walmart/SAMs club
Unless Dag dag reopened it was closed for renovations, and possibly moving their location closer to the hotels. 
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on November 18, 2013, 11:30:01 AM
yes Dag Dag is reopening soon, and should be up and running in the hotel zone in January for yeshiva week(s).
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yoss6400 on November 18, 2013, 04:02:17 PM
does chabad sell food there?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on November 20, 2013, 10:17:38 AM
Yes, in addition to supervising dagdag they serve their own fleishig food and have meals and kiddish on shabbos. Check out kosher cancun, and u can discuss with the rabbi by email, seems like a nice man.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yoss6400 on November 21, 2013, 12:50:24 PM
Yes, in addition to supervising dagdag they serve their own fleishig food and have meals and kiddish on shabbos. Check out kosher cancun, and u can discuss with the rabbi by email, seems like a nice man.
Thanks
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on November 26, 2013, 03:48:25 PM
Anyone have any experience with the Hyatt in Cancun?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on December 11, 2013, 01:36:16 PM
Going January 19 and staying at the aloft and westin lagunamar but the hyatt looks like a good option for peeps with chase/hyatt points (its 8k for room, 12k for suite IIRC). plus its walking distance to chabad and dag dag (unlike lagunamar which is far).

Anyone know if there is a real problem with renting a car in Cancun (fear of being pulled over and forced to payoff cops)? random online warnings from travelers, are they crazy? would rather not have to get taxis everytime i want to pick up food etc.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: BBM on December 11, 2013, 09:17:55 PM
Going January 19 and staying at the aloft and westin lagunamar but the hyatt looks like a good option for peeps with chase/hyatt points (its 8k for room, 12k for suite IIRC). plus its walking distance to chabad and dag dag (unlike lagunamar which is far).

Anyone know if there is a real problem with renting a car in Cancun (fear of being pulled over and forced to payoff cops)? random online warnings from travelers, are they crazy? would rather not have to get taxis everytime i want to pick up food etc.
I dont think you have anything to worry about. As well as they have some decent cars there to rent. (i was expecting it to be Israel style).
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ual902 on December 13, 2013, 11:23:40 AM
Cancun or playa del carmen?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on December 13, 2013, 01:35:50 PM
Cancun or playa del carmen?
not sure what your question is? looks like there is more kosher food options in cancun (and a real restaurant Dag Dag within walking distance of some hotels).
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on December 23, 2013, 10:57:04 AM
Nu? Who else is going to be in Cancun Jan 19-26? any chance for a minyan in the Westin Lagunamar?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: binnyshvaads on January 01, 2014, 10:11:16 PM
yes Dag Dag is reopening soon, and should be up and running in the hotel zone in January for yeshiva week(s).

dag dag will be reopening january 5th . so they posted on their website!
http://www.koshercancunrestaurant.com/index.php

also, im going next week and unsure about wat i can and cant bring. anyone know if you can bring hot dogs in their original packaging? what about cheese or frozen meals? (like those baked ziti's  u cn microwave)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 05, 2014, 01:17:12 PM
See the yeah that's kosher post, seems like meat is a no no but cheese packages can be ok.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yoss6400 on January 11, 2014, 08:32:06 PM
tickets now are in the $400 range does it pay to use mileage for this or pay?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 12, 2014, 12:20:40 PM
Depends on miles and your regular uses. if u normally cash miles out for business/first class tix at high values per point, this would be a waste. And acc to most DDFers, they dont like cashing out most decent points for less than 1.6 (or more).

but if u wouldnt use these points for good ratios otherwise, wouldnt sell to a point buyer (FOR FEAR OF ROCKING BOAT ETc)  and can get at least 1.2 per point (u can book any ticket u want off of Chase Ult Rewards travel at 1.2, which i use when i need to be on a jetblue flight for example, but make sure to use saphhire preferred points (or transfer to it) so u get their travel protections). This is esp relevant if u dont travel/use points much, as they would otherwise sit without interest while u paid cash for this trip!

if u will be in the westin lagunamar jan19-26, lmk so we can maybe put together a minyan in hotel...
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on January 12, 2014, 12:38:23 PM
Anyone know if there is a real problem with renting a car in Cancun (fear of being pulled over and forced to payoff cops)? random online warnings from travelers, are they crazy? would rather not have to get taxis everytime i want to pick up food etc.

Renting a car there would perhaps be the biggest waste of money known to mankind. When we were there, it cost the equivalent of around 68 cents per person to ride the bus. The 2 main bus lines run up and down the hotel strip all day and night, every few minutes, with plenty of useful stops.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Ephcc90 on January 12, 2014, 12:51:46 PM

Renting a car there would perhaps be the biggest waste of money known to mankind. When we were there, it cost the equivalent of around 68 cents per person to ride the bus. The 2 main bus lines run up and down the hotel strip all day and night, every few minutes, with plenty of useful stops.
+1
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 13, 2014, 12:08:16 PM

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Renting a car there would perhaps be the biggest waste of money known to mankind. When we were there, it cost the equivalent of around 68 cents per person to ride the bus. The 2 main bus lines run up and down the hotel strip all day and night, every few minutes, with plenty of useful stops.

Thanks, anyway the whole rental scene there pretty crazy and not trustworthy. Hoping it wont be too bad bringing the wife and kids on the bus to chabad everyday.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: BrooklynCPA on January 13, 2014, 02:28:05 PM
There seems to be a new kosher option in Cancun. Its right in the center of the strip near all the action! Has anyone ever tried this?

http://www.kosherluxus.com/
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 13, 2014, 04:16:55 PM
There seems to be a new kosher option in Cancun. Its right in the center of the strip near all the action! Has anyone ever tried this?

http://www.kosherluxus.com/
Thanks, didnt even know about this, apparently will be under local Rabbi R Nigri (in downtown cancun), but need to confirm the info.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yoss6400 on January 13, 2014, 08:43:43 PM
There seems to be a new kosher option in Cancun. Its right in the center of the strip near all the action! Has anyone ever tried this?

http://www.kosherluxus.com/
i am thinking if it pays to stay at this hotel
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: BrooklynCPA on January 14, 2014, 10:29:01 AM
i am thinking if it pays to stay at this hotel

I looks likes it right next to the Hyatt and about a mile away from the Westin Lagumar if you wanted to use points and be in walking distance to the restaurant for shabbos.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 16, 2014, 03:08:49 PM
I looks likes it right next to the Hyatt and about a mile away from the Westin Lagumar if you wanted to use points and be in walking distance to the restaurant for shabbos.

or you can do like me and stay at the lagunamar for the week and the aloft (3 minutes away walking) for shabbos at 3k points per night. I inquired, and they have a master hard key that they can use whenever we want to get into the room on shabbos.

Also, i plan to probably eat at Chabad for shabbos (also 3 minutes away from aloft)  unless i get more details on hashgacha and quality from Lexus (i asked for info and got nothing yet).
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 21, 2014, 04:43:21 PM
I'm in Cancun now, hoping to make a comprehensive trip report later, let me know if anyone has any questions.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on January 21, 2014, 05:01:16 PM
I'm in Cancun now, hoping to make a comprehensive trip report later, let me know if anyone has any questions.

Where are you staying?

Enjoy. Can't wait for the TR.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on January 21, 2014, 05:08:15 PM
I'm in Cancun now, hoping to make a comprehensive trip report later, let me know if anyone has any questions.
Please try to include pictures  :D
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 21, 2014, 11:26:02 PM
I'm at the westin lagunamar a solid 4star resort in a 3br villa (1br attached to studio). Going over to the aloft Friday to Sunday. Not taking pictures of rooms this time because the pictures on the westin website are absolutely exact, nothing to add. I feel like this trip is underrated, and a much better and smarter value for anyone looking for sun during yeshiva break. 81 and beautiful today, and
enough beach and pools/slide to keep you busy on the property.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 22, 2014, 09:36:15 AM
sorry, 2br suite not 3br. now being told by all the regulars not to give to clear a review, dont want this place flooding with jews like miami every january...
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yoss6400 on January 22, 2014, 03:43:49 PM
I'm at the westin lagunamar a solid 4star resort in a 3br villa (1br attached to studio). Going over to the aloft Friday to Sunday. Not taking pictures of rooms this time because the pictures on the westin website are absolutely exact, nothing to add. I feel like this trip is underrated, and a much better and smarter value for anyone looking for sun during yeshiva break. 81 and beautiful today, and
enough beach and pools/slide to keep you busy on the property.

what are you doing regarding a cell phone?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 22, 2014, 05:52:54 PM
what are you doing regarding a cell phone?
can get data using your US phone from verizon/at&t for about $25 per 100MB, and for voice calls (on a conference call now) i use google voice with my laptop from my hotel room (free calls to us). love google voice. other choice is to get a sim card for like $10 somewhere in town, and receiving calls is free, but i am lazy and in any event have a work phone i can use for emergency.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: smaxber on January 30, 2014, 01:51:41 PM
can get data using your US phone from verizon/at&t for about $25 per 100MB, and for voice calls (on a conference call now) i use google voice with my laptop from my hotel room (free calls to us). love google voice. other choice is to get a sim card for like $10 somewhere in town, and receiving calls is free, but i am lazy and in any event have a work phone i can use for emergency.

how did you get there? $ or points (which?)
are you staying with $ or points (which?)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 30, 2014, 04:07:23 PM
how did you get there? $ or points (which?)
are you staying with $ or points (which?)
points for both
Flight: (United points 210K for 4 coach tix (saver one way). I know its not the best redemption, but i hardly travel and never first class with kids, and every year or so i sign up for a new united card and had a ton of points.
Hotel:
- 5 nights in 1br suite in Westin Lagunamar (really terrific place) for 46K total points, with kitchen (no oven) & big jacuzzi tub. there was a minyan (20 plus peeps sometimes) for shacharis mincha and maariv every day while i was there at the secondary pool on the south part of hotel by Building 11 (near Fuego Grills).
- 2 nights in 2 Queen Ocean view room at Aloft Cancun (5 minutes from Chabad and center of town, but really a motel with lots of glitter) for 3K a night.

we had a great time and when i get a chance will do a full tripadvisor summary for hotels etc., but here is my review of the chabad of Cancun food, which was really great (and shabbos minyanim were good too). would suggest you email them for details and special menus etc. Rabbi@jewishcancun.com http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g150807-d6025551-r192417728-Kosher_Cancun-Cancun_Yucatan_Peninsula.html#REVIEWS

for every day normal food, they had great breads (NY Deli and Bagel) at Sam's Club, and Costco had its great muenster and mozzarella Cholov Yisroel cheeses for like 150pesos a pack and a big brick of 3lb cream chees(called Raskas brand Queso Crema. we packed a waffle maker and made eggs and cheese sandwiches each day. there is also some interesting milk (doesnt taste like US milk and lasts for months) under the KA hashgacha that some seem to question but i was told would be fine for milk, and they had Florida Natural orange juice at Walmart. all Coke regular flavor is also kosher (per CRC), and the westin also has a small market with lots of kosher items.
the smart move is to take a taxi from Westin to the store zone with the 3 stores above and they agree to wait for an hour total amongst the 3 stores while u grab necessities the first night. Westin has a special rate of just 350 pesos for this option. 
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on January 30, 2014, 04:08:57 PM
Pics?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 30, 2014, 04:55:27 PM
Pics?
i have lots of pics of different parts of my trip including the hotel etc., but the limits on this ddf dont let me post b/c they are huge. the rooms in Westin look exactly as provided on the website, nice kitchens etc. u can see all the individual pics here (i was in the 1br premium villa) http://www.oyster.com/cancun/hotels/the-westin-lagunamar-ocean-resort/photos/

the aloft was bright (loved colors and random light wood) with a decent sized window but no balcony, and with a funny sliding bathroom door that doesnt fully close so pooping is fun with others in room. the caulking in the shower was really hasty and badly done (this is a virtually brand new hotel) and the overhead rainshower head has no pressure and is not filtered (the water in cancun is not recomended) (in Westin the water is all filtered and shower was classic speakman). Aloft gives out free water bottles which is nice, has very quick service, and accomodated us by going up with us (and starting the elevator for my pregnant wife) on shabbos to open the door with a metal key (in the end they didnt even use the key!). their rooftop deck is very nice and they have drink service, but the pool is not heated and too cold for most normal peeps (Westins pools are all heated). nice pool table on ground floor we enjoyed on shabbos, but note that rooms start on 5th floor, so hard to walk up and down with pregnant people/kids.

Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: avadah on February 24, 2014, 11:41:35 AM
Has anyone stayed in the Rosewood Mayakoba in Playa del Carmen?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: moshe2009 on February 25, 2014, 11:57:52 AM
any info on the restaurant?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on February 25, 2014, 01:06:34 PM
any info on the restaurant?
if u are referring to the KOsher Luxus, place looks nice enough but very israeli/middle-easterny food. i personally loved the chabad food. there is also Dag Dag the kosher fish/milchig place run by a very sweet couple, but that is basically not that much better than cooking yourself (and can take some time, so probably best to call in any fish order in advance before visiting).
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on June 26, 2014, 02:45:20 PM
Anybody have info on high end villas?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on June 27, 2014, 11:11:12 AM

Anybody have info on high end villas?
if u mean private rentals I don't know, but I loved our premium villa at westn lagunamar, in summer they are really cheap and in winter can use points at a great rate. Full kitchen ( other than oven), big bathroom with rjacuzzi and great views, plus a huge property with many different great heated pools and a fun slide for kids/adults.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: robbie on July 13, 2014, 08:56:37 AM
thanks a lot shiframeir for your trip reports. Im planning on going down there for a weekend away with some friends. Can anyone suggest a good hotel. im looking for something in the center of town with a all inclusive package not looking to be a tourist.(that's why considering staying in cozumel) has anyone written about the 2 hyatts that are down there?
any help advice would be appreciated.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on July 21, 2014, 12:15:53 AM
Has anyone here ever actually stayed in Playa Del Carmen? Any decent hotels within walking distance of Chabad, for Shabbos?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: robbie on July 24, 2014, 02:03:41 PM
Hey, I am planning on booking 4 nights at the Hyatt Zilara Cancun with my hyatt award nights. Has anyone stayed there before. How are the rooms? location? What are the odds of being upgraded?
any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on July 24, 2014, 03:19:01 PM
The Hyatt regency is close to the Chabad house and kosher restaurants, don't know where the zilara is. Regency looked good but not amazing.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: robbie on July 24, 2014, 03:42:12 PM
The Hyatt regency is close to the Chabad house and kosher restaurants, don't know where the zilara is. Regency looked good but not amazing.
I think that is the hyatt regency, its all inclusive I believe. from waht i looked up seems close to the restaurants. How are the rooms?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on July 24, 2014, 03:46:51 PM
No
I think that is the hyatt regency, its all inclusive I believe. from waht i looked up seems close to the restaurants. How are the rooms?
no you are talking about a different place, the zilara, which actually looks much nicer than the regency, but is much further from kosher food/shabbos chabad. about a 30 minute walk to the chabad house, the hyatt regency (not as snazzy) is like 10 minutes. iirc, the regency had suites for 12k hyatt points per night, but is not all inclusive.

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Chabad+Cancun,+Blvd+Kukulkan+Km+8.5,+Plaza+Lagunas,+Zona+Hotelera,+77500+Canc%C3%BAn,+Quintana+Roo,+Mexico/Hyatt+Zilara+Cancun,+Zona+Hotelera,+Canc%C3%BAn,+Quintana+Roo,+Mexico/@21.1279164,-86.76113,15z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x8f4c295707456727:0xe5de20961f58165c!2m2!1d-86.751218!2d21.136759!1m5!1m1!1s0x8f4c282d8ab2f5ef:0x8f9fc8261262cc3f!2m2!1d-86.756331!2d21.118938!3e2
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: robbie on July 24, 2014, 04:01:49 PM
No no you are talking about a different place, the zilara, which actually looks much nicer than the regency, but is much further from kosher food/shabbos chabad. about a 30 minute walk to the chabad house, the hyatt regency (not as snazzy) is like 10 minutes. iirc, the regency had suites for 12k hyatt points per night, but is not all inclusive.

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Chabad+Cancun,+Blvd+Kukulkan+Km+8.5,+Plaza+Lagunas,+Zona+Hotelera,+77500+Canc%C3%BAn,+Quintana+Roo,+Mexico/Hyatt+Zilara+Cancun,+Zona+Hotelera,+Canc%C3%BAn,+Quintana+Roo,+Mexico/@21.1279164,-86.76113,15z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x8f4c295707456727:0xe5de20961f58165c!2m2!1d-86.751218!2d21.136759!1m5!1m1!1s0x8f4c282d8ab2f5ef:0x8f9fc8261262cc3f!2m2!1d-86.756331!2d21.118938!3e2

great thanks alot! 30 minutes is not bad at all. anyone stayed at the Zilara?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: joey123 on August 04, 2014, 06:19:07 AM
I am considering a vacation in Mexico. Firstly, is it safe? Secondly, how many miles does it take to fly business, and what type of miles?
TIA

PS: After you start collecting the miles, you gotta start burning 'em. Very excited as this is probably going to my first all DDF paid vacation. I have used points for flights to Israel etc.., but not for one of these vacations yet.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on August 06, 2014, 04:11:37 PM
I updated the wiki a bit.
Mexico may not be safe, but cancun generally is. U can figure out miles for yourself, but I know united flies nonstop from ewr and was like 30k each way with saver when I went last (I flew coach though for like 17.5k)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on August 06, 2014, 05:06:21 PM
I updated the wiki a bit.

Thanks. Looks good.

Anyone do the timeshare presentation? How long was the presentation?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on August 06, 2014, 11:07:29 PM
Don't waste miles flying biz NYC-CUN, it's regular domestic biz.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: SOS on August 06, 2014, 11:31:04 PM
Is there a steady minyan in cancun?
When I Google it I get mixed results

Anything more reliable than counting on people who have timeshares....
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: joey123 on August 06, 2014, 11:38:52 PM
Is there a steady minyan in cancun?
When I Google it I get mixed results

Anything more reliable than counting on people who have timeshares....

You make sure to find a minyan when you travel? Wow, pretty impressive. Why not just do vasikin in the morning, and then miss minyan for mincha/maariv. Big tzaddikim on DDF
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: SOS on August 06, 2014, 11:40:06 PM
You make sure to find a minyan when you travel? Wow, pretty impressive. Why not just do vasikin in the morning, and then miss minyan for mincha/maariv. Big tzaddikim on DDF
It's one thing to miss a minyan... but to plan to miss a minyan for a week straight....
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Saver2000 on August 06, 2014, 11:40:58 PM
I see where this is going. Please move conversation ASAP.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: joey123 on August 06, 2014, 11:47:43 PM
I see where this is going. Please move conversation ASAP.

Very true. I am not getting involved--my bad. It was a one question tangent, but I should have known better on DDF when it comes to either halachos or ethics. As I tell people, DDF is a deal finder, miles advice, and money maker. IT ISN'T MY LOR.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Super Speed on August 06, 2014, 11:51:55 PM

You make sure to find a minyan when you travel? Wow, pretty impressive. Why not just do vasikin in the morning, and then miss minyan for mincha/maariv. Big tzaddikim on DDF
This coming from our resident Mashgiach???
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: joey123 on August 06, 2014, 11:56:55 PM
This coming from our resident Mashgiach???
I may need to change that. In Telz, we are chilled. I recommend beer, red wine (all in moderation), and some nice DDF vacations. I am matir missing minyan for the chill factor, even though I once quipped: "If you chill too much, you freeze". I guess freezing is better than burning out.  :) :) #RebbeJokes

Everyone, this is my last JS type post in the thread; I just couldn't resist. Superspeed threw me a golden platter, and I couldn't resist.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: SOS on August 06, 2014, 11:58:49 PM


I may need to change that.

So basically you're resigning from the position?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: joey123 on August 07, 2014, 12:02:00 AM

So basically you're resigning from the position?

Yes. Updated.

Now, i will be fine. It's a miracle that I even daven now without a woman leading. One step at a time ;)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: SOS on August 07, 2014, 12:11:57 AM
Back on topic
Is it necessary to rent a car?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on August 07, 2014, 12:33:13 AM
Back on topic
Is it necessary to rent a car?

Definitely not.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on August 07, 2014, 12:54:03 AM
Definitely not.
+108 there are buses going up and down all the time and they're cheap. suggest getting a taxi once (Westin Lagunamar will arrange for u if u want) to take u to the shopping zone per the wiki.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on August 19, 2014, 01:54:54 AM
Thinking of going next week, would love if some1 can help me out with the following :

How far & how exspensive  is the zip lining, Mayan ruins & atving in jungle? Should I rent I car if I'm looking to do those activities?

In terms of food which is better value chabad or Lexus?  Can I bring packaged kosher meals from pomegranate or no chance they will let thru customs.

Is there any other activities/sites I should check out?

Thanks

Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on September 03, 2014, 03:46:45 PM
Not sure how legit this website is (it asks for credit card info and then says you have been processed without warning of charge, but then i havent seen an actual charge yet), but $299 for 5 nights for a couple at the Krystal in Cancun is a good deal, esp since they have the Kosher luxus restaurant downstairs in the building (not sure u get all u can eat kosher off this deal) and its close to the chabad center and fish place. http://bookvip.com/hotel_details?id=12&pid=32&arrivedate i checked and it seemed to work for thanksgiving vacation. note this place is less of a family place than the westin lagunamar, really a couple getaway.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on September 03, 2014, 03:49:56 PM
In terms of food which is better value chabad or Lexus?  Can I bring packaged kosher meals from pomegranate or no chance they will let thru customs.
I didnt eat at luxus, the menu was a lil expensive (steak was $30) and seemed more israeli-type food. I found the chabad meals delicious and filling.
There are disagreements as to whether u can get cooked food through, many say u can. personally i would discuss with chabad first, i found that their delivered meals were great and the ease of not worrying about food really helped the vacation.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: puddles on October 14, 2014, 03:30:08 PM
Going to Cancun in a few weeks. Anyone have any updates recently? Staying at the Hyatt and will be ordering the Chabad food since it seems easy and has fantastic reviews.

Would love any input, advice etc.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: robbie on October 14, 2014, 07:10:45 PM
Going to Cancun in a few weeks. Anyone have any updates recently? Staying at the Hyatt and will be ordering the Chabad food since it seems easy and has fantastic reviews.

Would love any input, advice etc.
which hyatt?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: puddles on October 14, 2014, 07:16:22 PM
which hyatt?
Zailara cancun
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: robbie on October 14, 2014, 07:27:37 PM
Zailara cancun

amazing hotel, i stayed there about 3 weeks ago. they will double wrap salmon baked potoes and green beans if you want.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on October 19, 2014, 01:18:52 AM
What's nicer, hyatt or jw?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: EliteMavin on October 19, 2014, 12:58:27 PM
Thank to all for the valuable insight and TRs...
I am planning a weekend in January, and have a few questions, any help would be appreciated!

Firstly, as of now I have a reservation for 5 nights and the Westin Resort & Spa for 34K points, for a ocean view, balcony, club floor, room. (and continental breakfast, which is likely worthless). The Lagunamar Westin is completely sold out, so that is not an option..
Is that the best option to choose? Is the hotel good? and how about the distance from everything, since it is at the bottom of the strip..
Does anyone have experience with ordering and receiving kosher food at this hotel?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on October 20, 2014, 02:10:54 AM
Sorry, my experience was with the lagunamar, Chabad delivered daily there but that was bc there was a big contingent that goes there each January. But ask Chabad, they will be helpful. I think I put the emails on the wiki. Your westin looks very nice too.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on October 20, 2014, 03:24:49 AM
I absolutely hated the Lagunamar. Yes, it's newer that the regular Westin, and has huge pools... but that's pretty much where it ends.

The Lagunamar is meant to be a time-share place, and it shows. There are only 2 "room types" - a 1-bedroom "condo" and a 2-bedroom "condo" - so forget about getting upgraded to a suite... they don't even exist. They're breathtakingly cheap on everything from shampoo to bottled water, and stingy with early check-in and late check-out. A good deal of the place is plastered with advertisements for "Starwood Vacation Ownership", which (IMHO) takes away from the experience - I want to feel like I'm at a resort, not a timeshare convention.

The other Westin is a bit dated, doesn't have great pools, and is all the way at the end of the hotel zone (so location isn't great), but at least it feels like a real resort. Plus with 2-hour happy hours where you can get all the free cocktails you can drink, what's not to like? >:D
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: EliteMavin on October 20, 2014, 11:17:48 AM
Sorry, my experience was with the lagunamar, Chabad delivered daily there but that was bc there was a big contingent that goes there each January. But ask Chabad, they will be helpful. I think I put the emails on the wiki. Your westin looks very nice too.

I absolutely hated the Lagunamar. Yes, it's newer that the regular Westin, and has huge pools... but that's pretty much where it ends.

The Lagunamar is meant to be a time-share place, and it shows. There are only 2 "room types" - a 1-bedroom "condo" and a 2-bedroom "condo" - so forget about getting upgraded to a suite... they don't even exist. They're breathtakingly cheap on everything from shampoo to bottled water, and stingy with early check-in and late check-out. A good deal of the place is plastered with advertisements for "Starwood Vacation Ownership", which (IMHO) takes away from the experience - I want to feel like I'm at a resort, not a timeshare convention.
The other Westin is a bit dated, doesn't have great pools, and is all the way at the end of the hotel zone (so location isn't great), but at least it feels like a real resort. Plus with 2-hour happy hours where you can get all the free cocktails you can drink, what's not to like? >:D

Thanks so much for your input!
Chabad did indeed confirm that they will deliver to that hotel, and I got RT tickets for 2 with Avios... I guess this is a keeper...
Now onto activities and other food options.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on October 20, 2014, 11:49:47 PM
Going thanksgiving weeked. Staying at jw. What activities r a must- besides for the beach obviously
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Gets on October 21, 2014, 12:53:58 AM
Going this Monday to hyatt Zilara


What activities r a must- besides for the beach obviously
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Gets on October 21, 2014, 12:54:52 AM
What is the best way to and from the airport?

TIA
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: puddles on October 21, 2014, 06:22:40 AM
Going this Monday to hyatt Zilara
Going in a few weeks. Make sure you write back here with any findings.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: gtyossi on October 22, 2014, 10:30:01 AM
Looking for a nice hotel with Ultimate Rewards or AMEX points for Cancun. March 8-12. I reserved the Intercontinental for around 60,000 ultimate rewards points for 4 nights. Does anyone recommend anything that would be a better deal?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: puddles on October 30, 2014, 11:35:53 AM
Can someone who has been to Cancun recommend the best travel from the airport to the hotel? Is it worth arranging with the hotel or taking a taxi?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on October 30, 2014, 02:47:05 PM
Can someone who has been to Cancun recommend the best travel from the airport to the hotel? Is it worth arranging with the hotel or taking a taxi?
 
if you stay at lagunamar, they have a great price on roundtrip airport shuttle that we had to ourselves.  One way: 45 USD for up to four guests; Round Trip: 85 USD for up to four guests. Additional passengers: 6 USD per person.
otherwise, there are tons of taxis there and shuttle options, and people beg you to consider their packages as you walk out of the airport, so if you are planning to also do some things (Xel Ha etc.) than maybe take a chance and bargain for a deal for transportation and tickets for a discount (if you have the time/patience).
 
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: puddles on October 30, 2014, 02:54:30 PM
 
if you stay at lagunamar, they have a great price on roundtrip airport shuttle that we had to ourselves.  One way: 45 USD for up to four guests; Round Trip: 85 USD for up to four guests. Additional passengers: 6 USD per person.
otherwise, there are tons of taxis there and shuttle options, and people beg you to consider their packages as you walk out of the airport, so if you are planning to also do some things (Xel Ha etc.) than maybe take a chance and bargain for a deal for transportation and tickets for a discount (if you have the time/patience).
Thanks! Not sure I will have the patience to negoiate after the plane ride... my hotel is offering $110 round trip which sounds pretty decent I guess. I saw home hotels online charging more and some less and I know it will be safe and quick at least.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on October 30, 2014, 09:01:07 PM
Thanks! Not sure I will have the patience to negoiate after the plane ride... my hotel is offering $110 round trip which sounds pretty decent I guess. I saw home hotels online charging more and some less and I know it will be safe and quick at least.

$110 is a ripoff.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: puddles on October 30, 2014, 09:19:33 PM
$110 is a ripoff.
I am more than open to suggestions if you have any?
Title: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Gets on October 30, 2014, 10:05:04 PM
I just returned from the Hyatt Zilara, I used their transportation and it was amazing!!

When I walked out of the airport I was not in the mood of bargaining with the Taxi drivers and was very happy to see a brand new Lincoln Navigator L with my name on it, along with fresh cold towels and water.

After hearing what other people payed and the service they got, I feel that I got a great deal and service stress free. I would definitely recommend it to anyone going there.

At Customs in the Airport, you have to push a button if its green you go, naturally when I pushed, it was red and they checked our bags and allowed us to keep our snacks and rolls after looking through everything including my teffilin. 

The hotel was beautiful and a lot of fun, the staff was very friendly and willing to help, especially the "Romance Concierge" we checked in with since I emailed that we were on our honeymoon. we were taken right there as soon as we arrived, they brought us drinks and showed us to our room.

The pool and beach area is gorgeous, we found the pool area to be more crowded and the beach pretty empty, there is a swim up bar in the pool and another one on the beach along with a huge one in the lobby, the hotel is all inclusive which means the coffee shop, restaurants, bars, room service, mini bar... Is all free so help yourself to as much of whatever whenever you want.

They give you wrist bands to wear during your stay. They are color coded based on your status, yellow for Hyatt Platinum. They had kosher cereal at breakfast, with fresh fruit. The milk has a hechsher as well.
The concierge was happy to show me all the items they had with a hechsher although I did not take him up on his offer.

The room has a Nespresso machine (might have been only upgraded rooms) along with bottles of spirits and a large jacuzzi, hammock on the porch with a Bose system.

We ate down the road at the Red Heipher aka Kosher & Luxus, they have recently moved to this location from another hotel, it is very large although was empty this week. They have a big porch and dock over the Lagoon where we ate with a ten ft crocodile right below us who was happy to have our leftovers
The food was delicious and priced well. It is very easy to get to with the city bus which comes almost every minute at that hour, the price is 10 Pesos and they accept Dollar bills.

We flew Aeromexico and had a great experience on a new 737-800. We upgraded to F at check in for $100 which was very enjoyable. The staff was friendly with great service.

Please feel free to ask any questions.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on October 30, 2014, 10:35:03 PM
I am more than open to suggestions if you have any?

Even a private taxi from one of the stands right after customs will be less than that.
Title: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Gets on October 30, 2014, 10:36:55 PM
I've heard people pay $65 a way after bargaining and the hassle in the heat.
All depends how you want to spend your vacation.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on October 31, 2014, 02:12:33 AM
I've heard people pay $65 a way after bargaining and the hassle in the heat.
All depends how you want to spend your vacation.

Absolutely incorrect. Those are the morons who think they have Dan's bargaining skills, so they go all the way out of the terminal into the heat and start arguing with the locals, who then shred them into mincemeat.

If you don't know how to bargain, there's no need to be a wise@$$. Right after you come out of customs, in the air-conditioned terminal, there are numerous official taxi stands with pre-set rates. No bargaining necessary.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: puddles on October 31, 2014, 08:47:21 AM
Absolutely incorrect. Those are the morons who think they have Dan's bargaining skills, so they go all the way out of the terminal into the heat and start arguing with the locals, who then shred them into mincemeat.

If you don't know how to bargain, there's no need to be a wise@$$. Right after you come out of customs, in the air-conditioned terminal, there are numerous official taxi stands with pre-set rates. No bargaining necessary.

I am going for three short days and arriving late in the afternoon. I agree, its all about quality of life. The hotel wants $110 round trip. Best case I save $20-30 (round trip) my haffling and getting one in the airport. I go on vacation at best once a year.

While I love to save money when possible, sometimes you just gotta bite the bullet.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: chff on October 31, 2014, 09:36:54 AM
Absolutely incorrect. Those are the morons who think they have Dan's bargaining skills, so they go all the way out of the terminal into the heat and start arguing with the locals, who then shred them into mincemeat.

If you don't know how to bargain, there's no need to be a wise@$$. Right after you come out of customs, in the air-conditioned terminal, there are numerous official taxi stands with pre-set rates. No bargaining necessary.
Last year April, I prepaid via PayPal $55 for round Trip
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Gets on October 31, 2014, 09:37:34 AM
With who
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: puddles on October 31, 2014, 09:39:01 AM
With who
+1
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: EliteMavin on October 31, 2014, 11:08:33 AM
Even a private taxi from one of the stands right after customs will be less than that.
I'm going in a few months, and have a National reservation for 5 days at $148 including liability insurance and taxes...
Hotel has free parking. Is there any reason not to rent?
Seems like it is financially worthwhile...
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on October 31, 2014, 12:21:07 PM
I'm going in a few months, and have a National reservation for 5 days at $148 including liability insurance and taxes...
Hotel has free parking. Is there any reason not to rent?
Seems like it is financially worthwhile...

Are you sure it has liability? When I rented there last time I went, we got there at 1am and the rental place would not let me take the car without buying additional liability insurance
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: EliteMavin on October 31, 2014, 12:25:08 PM
Are you sure it has liability? When I rented there last time I went, we got there at 1am and the rental place would not let me take the car without buying additional liability insurance
Absolutely, that's correct. Was told (when I was making the reservation) that I would need to purchase liability. $148 for 5 days includes the added on liability for an automatic car.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on October 31, 2014, 12:47:45 PM
Absolutely, that's correct. Was told (when I was making the reservation) that I would need to purchase liability. $148 for 5 days includes the added on liability for an automatic car.

Is this using any codes? Seems worth it.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: EliteMavin on October 31, 2014, 12:48:21 PM
No codes
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on November 02, 2014, 01:48:47 AM
This may be urban legend, but several peeps on all different sites have said they rented cars and were stopped on the way to hotels from airport by cops who basically required a bribe (so i got spooked and just took buses/cabs). but other than that fear, having a car for that cheap sounds pretty good, then u can go to costco/sam's club/walmart pretty easily, and even Xel Ha/Puerto vallarta. enjoy!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on November 02, 2014, 07:06:49 PM
I've been to CUN twice and never felt like I really needed a car. Buses come often and are quick, and cost 70 cents a pop.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on November 02, 2014, 07:08:27 PM
I am going for three short days and arriving late in the afternoon. I agree, its all about quality of life. The hotel wants $110 round trip. Best case I save $20-30 (round trip) my haffling and getting one in the airport. I go on vacation at best once a year.

While I love to save money when possible, sometimes you just gotta bite the bullet.

Please, let's not over-dramatize here. It's an official taxi stand with official rates. You say where you want to go, you get a price, you pay. The end.

Though I admit that the Hyatt might cost more, being that it's further than the Westin (where I went)...
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: EliteMavin on November 02, 2014, 09:23:12 PM
I've been to CUN twice and never felt like I really needed a car. Buses come often and are quick, and cost 70 cents a pop.
Where did you stay, and what activities did you do?
As of now, we're reserved at the Westin Resort & Spa, which is considerably further from most attractions, shopping, etc...
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on November 03, 2014, 01:55:03 AM
This may be urban legend, but several peeps on all different sites have said they rented cars and were stopped on the way to hotels from airport by cops who basically required a bribe (so i got spooked and just took buses/cabs). but other than that fear, having a car for that cheap sounds pretty good, then u can go to costco/sam's club/walmart pretty easily, and even Xel Ha/Puerto vallarta. enjoy!
Hi what is xel ha/ puerto?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on November 03, 2014, 01:56:30 AM
Any1 did shabbos with Chabad? Any feedback? Going for thanksgiving weekend & wondering what to expect..
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on November 03, 2014, 09:58:56 AM
Xel ha is a action/ water park nearby, puerto is puerto vallarta, another resort area down from cancun, there is another Chabad there with what we are told is really greT felafel.
I stayed with Chabad cancun for shabbos was great, food was ridiculously good and plentiful, but I went on yeshiva week. U need to email Chabad (I think I included in the wiki above) and see if there will be a minyan/meals. Otherwise they can prepare shabbos meals and deliver, but remember to give a big donation!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on November 03, 2014, 10:47:49 AM
Xel ha is a action/ water park nearby, puerto is puerto vallarta, another resort area down from cancun, there is another Chabad there with what we are told is really greT felafel.
I stayed with Chabad cancun for shabbos was great, food was ridiculously good and plentiful, but I went on yeshiva week. U need to email Chabad (I think I included in the wiki above) and see if there will be a minyan/meals. Otherwise they can prepare shabbos meals and deliver, but remember to give a big donation!
Ok thanks. I'm going thanksgiving weekend so I would imagine they should-I will email them. I thought they charge 115$ per person for shabbos... How far is the other Chabad? Did you do any of the activities in the jungle like Mayan ruins & zip lining ?

Thanks so much
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on November 03, 2014, 08:47:45 PM
We did nothing other than chill at pools and beach (with two small kids under 7). Ime Chabad does not officially charge for communal shabbos meals when they have a minyan, though they appreciate  a nice donation...
Dunno exactly how far but had heard under an hour drive to puerto. Should be able to find on google maps easily
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on November 05, 2014, 09:15:27 AM
Xel ha is a action/ water park nearby, puerto is puerto vallarta, another resort area down from cancun, there is another Chabad there with what we are told is really greT felafel.
I stayed with Chabad cancun for shabbos was great, food was ridiculously good and plentiful, but I went on yeshiva week. U need to email Chabad (I think I included in the wiki above) and see if there will be a minyan/meals. Otherwise they can prepare shabbos meals and deliver, but remember to give a big donation!

Turns out the JW is 4mile walk from Chabad & right across the st from kosher luxus so I think I will b going with them for shabbos. They charge 65$ pp per meal so 260$ a cpl for shabbos isn't bad.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on November 05, 2014, 09:16:53 AM
I just returned from the Hyatt Zilara, I used their transportation and it was amazing!!

When I walked out of the airport I was not in the mood of bargaining with the Taxi drivers and was very happy to see a brand new Lincoln Navigator L with my name on it, along with fresh cold towels and water.

After hearing what other people payed and the service they got, I feel that I got a great deal and service stress free. I would definitely recommend it to anyone going there.

At Customs in the Airport, you have to push a button if its green you go, naturally when I pushed, it was red and they checked our bags and allowed us to keep our snacks and rolls after looking through everything including my teffilin. 

The hotel was beautiful and a lot of fun, the staff was very friendly and willing to help, especially the "Romance Concierge" we checked in with since I emailed that we were on our honeymoon. we were taken right there as soon as we arrived, they brought us drinks and showed us to our room.

The pool and beach area is gorgeous, we found the pool area to be more crowded and the beach pretty empty, there is a swim up bar in the pool and another one on the beach along with a huge one in the lobby, the hotel is all inclusive which means the coffee shop, restaurants, bars, room service, mini bar... Is all free so help yourself to as much of whatever whenever you want.

They give you wrist bands to wear during your stay. They are color coded based on your status, yellow for Hyatt Platinum. They had kosher cereal at breakfast, with fresh fruit. The milk has a hechsher as well.
The concierge was happy to show me all the items they had with a hechsher although I did not take him up on his offer.

The room has a Nespresso machine (might have been only upgraded rooms) along with bottles of spirits and a large jacuzzi, hammock on the porch with a Bose system.

We ate down the road at the Red Heipher aka Kosher & Luxus, they have recently moved to this location from another hotel, it is very large although was empty this week. They have a big porch and dock over the Lagoon where we ate with a ten ft crocodile right below us who was happy to have our leftovers
The food was delicious and priced well. It is very easy to get to with the city bus which comes almost every minute at that hour, the price is 10 Pesos and they accept Dollar bills.

We flew Aeromexico and had a great experience on a new 737-800. We upgraded to F at check in for $100 which was very enjoyable. The staff was friendly with great service.

Please feel free to ask any questions.
Did u do any activities in the area ? Any specific food from Chabad or kosher luxus that u recommend/ or should avoid?
Thanks
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Gets on November 05, 2014, 10:07:47 AM
I was only there for 2 nights so no activities just sat on the beach.

The chicken dishes from kosher luxus / red heipher was delicious along with the starters and desserts.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on November 05, 2014, 10:14:27 AM
I was only there for 2 nights so no activities just sat on the beach.

The chicken dishes from kosher luxus / red heipher was delicious along with the starters and desserts.
How deserted were the beaches
Title: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Gets on November 05, 2014, 10:17:50 AM
The beach was deserted probably 30% full, and the pool area was pretty full.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on November 05, 2014, 10:25:10 AM
The beach was deserted, the pool was pretty full.
How much is a meal for two people at Red heifer, $100? Hard to figure with the exchange rate
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on November 05, 2014, 10:31:52 AM
R the portions at luxus plentiful ?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Gets on November 05, 2014, 10:38:44 AM
We had a starter, two mains and a dessert with drinks for under $100 after tax and tip (15% if you were wondering)

Here are some pics

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And a crocodile that joined us on the dock
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on November 05, 2014, 10:42:09 AM
Wow looks good- are they sat water crocs? Are they something to be mindfull of on the beach etc
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Gets on November 05, 2014, 10:45:19 AM
Don't know exactly, it was a 10 ft crocodile that we gave the leftovers to.

There is nothing to worry about on the beach being that they don't like salt water, this is in the lagoon across the street and I was told they sleep during day and there are hundreds out at night.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on November 05, 2014, 10:54:59 AM
Nice, thanks.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on November 05, 2014, 11:31:32 AM
Anyone stayed at the intercontinental? Seems like a good deal at 25K per night
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on November 07, 2014, 02:02:41 PM
Absolutely, that's correct. Was told (when I was making the reservation) that I would need to purchase liability. $148 for 5 days includes the added on liability for an automatic car.

So I went to look at the prices on National.com. Got a quote while signed in as executive member and it priced out to $150 for 4 days including the third party liability insurance. Then quotes not signed in and the same car is $117  :o
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 07, 2014, 02:18:26 PM
What's the hashgocha at luxus?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on November 07, 2014, 02:31:12 PM
What's the hashgocha at luxus?

Per thier website :


Kashrut supervision by Rav Siman Tov Raphael Nigri of the Kehilat Neve Shalom.
All the meat certified by Star-K. Full-time mashgiach on the premises.

Does this mean we can expect a tr anytime soon?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on November 07, 2014, 02:31:30 PM
What's the hashgocha at luxus?
I actually emailed them the other day to ask them and got back:

" Rav Simantov Nigri from Kehilat Neve Shalom, Cancun. We are Kosher Lamehadrin Meat Restaurant Beit Yosef , Bishul Israel."

Anyone know more about it?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 07, 2014, 02:31:56 PM
Anyone know more about it?
+1
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: EliteMavin on November 08, 2014, 11:09:11 PM
Anyone know more about it?

+1
Here's an email I got from them recently,  regarding a few questions I asked them. Hope this helps...

"We are a Kosher Lemahadrin Meats Restaurant in Cancun located in Cancun´s main avenue across the street from the best hotels in town, KUKULCAN BLVD KM 15, and of course we have parking lot. We open 14:00 till 23:30 .
You can dine in with us or meals can be delivered to your hotel for an extra charge.
We serve Shabbos meals and seuda shlishi in our facilities or it can as well be delivered to your hotel eith an extra delivery charge.
Our Hechsher is from Rabb Simantov Nigri, the Jewish Community , Cancun. Our meat is  Beit Yosef and it is brought from Mexico with certification of KMD (KOSHER MAGUEN DAVID)
As a service to our guests we assist you booking your vacation package including flight and accommodation.
Please send me more details of how many travelers, ages , dates and city of departure. I will prepare a package  for your vacation shortly.
Best regards,
RUTHY LEWY"
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on November 08, 2014, 11:16:13 PM
Does anybody know of a reputable kashrus agency in America that recommends this place?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on November 08, 2014, 11:53:21 PM
Does anybody know of a reputable kashrus agency in America that recommends this place?
1+
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on November 12, 2014, 03:34:31 PM
anyone that was there recently that can advise regarding security? is it currently safe to go?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: puddles on November 12, 2014, 03:50:35 PM
Was just at the restaurant last night and on the way back from Cancun now. Will make an attempt to do a trip report with some pictures.

The Mashgiach was there when we were but only spoke a broke English at best.

I'll try and post some stuff tomorrow. Tried to take pictures like Dan but it was a pathetic attempt.

Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: puddles on November 12, 2014, 04:14:52 PM
Also, if anyone is at the airport and doesn't want to pay $40 for a joke of a business center the wifi password for the center is AAA111BB22
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: robbie on November 12, 2014, 05:02:31 PM
anyone that was there recently that can advise regarding security? is it currently safe to go?
yes
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on November 12, 2014, 05:06:31 PM
yes
Thanks
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on November 15, 2014, 10:03:33 PM
Was just at the restaurant last night and on the way back from Cancun now. Will make an attempt to do a trip report with some pictures.

The Mashgiach was there when we were but only spoke a broke English at best.

I'll try and post some stuff tomorrow. Tried to take pictures like Dan but it was a pathetic attempt.
Going next week- eagerly waiting your trip report
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 15, 2014, 11:04:00 PM
Does anybody know of a reputable kashrus agency in America that recommends this place?
Bump
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Lunatic on November 15, 2014, 11:13:46 PM
Bump
+1
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on November 16, 2014, 12:29:27 AM
Kinda hard for a Kashrus agency to ever recommend another agency unless they really inspect Etc. I can tell u when I was there, the Chabad rabbi wasn't so hot about the place (it was just opening and they advertised everywhere but hadn't opened yet) and the rabbi said then they hadn't contacted him he didn't really know anything about the place, they were banking on his hechsher but hadn't actually contacted him a couple weeks before opening.  This is 2nd hand hearsay and should not be relied on generally, and could have been a misunderstanding and or a bit of kina, but it is what I got by email.
Note for example I don't think ou does a Pesach program at all, and if u ask they won't opine as to which programs they would recommend
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 16, 2014, 12:33:26 AM
Kinda hard for a Kashrus agency to ever recommend another agency unless they really inspect Etc.
News to me:
http://www.crcweb.org/agency_list.php
http://www.kosherquest.org/symbols.php
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on November 16, 2014, 12:02:23 PM
As noted there: As a public service, the Chicago Rabbinical Council is presenting a list of common acceptable kosher symbols and their agencies' contact information. The fact that a particular agency does not appear on this list does not imply that the cRc has determined it to be substandard.
I can tell u that i know peeps who begged ou to either certify or at least recommend/say that their Pesach hotel hechsher is reliable and they refused. And kosher quest is not a certifying agency.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Lunatic on November 16, 2014, 12:04:12 PM
As noted there: As a public service, the Chicago Rabbinical Council is presenting a list of common acceptable kosher symbols and their agencies' contact information. The fact that a particular agency does not appear on this list does not imply that the cRc has determined it to be substandard.
I can tell u that i know peeps who begged ou to either certify or at least recommend/say that their Pesach hotel hechsher is reliable and they refused. And kosher quest is not a certifying agency.
If you ask them, they will answer yes or no. Try and report back
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on November 16, 2014, 01:13:40 PM
Probably best thing would be for someone to get R nigri's contact info from the restaurant and give him a call. I believe he is a reliable Jew, though I don't know his standards.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Lunatic on November 16, 2014, 01:59:59 PM
Probably best thing would be for someone to get R nigri's contact info from the restaurant and give him a call. I believe he is a reliable Jew, though I don't know his standards.
What will that help? Which mashgiach will admit to being unreliable
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on November 16, 2014, 02:05:55 PM
What will that help? Which mashgiach will admit to being unreliable
dude is the rav of the cancun city frum community, and the chabad rabbi seems to vouch for him as a reliable person. the point is u ask what his standards are (which hechsherim for meat etc. he relies on), and then u rely on what he says. how do you ever rely on a hechsher?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Lunatic on November 16, 2014, 02:19:22 PM
dude is the rav of the cancun city frum community, and the chabad rabbi seems to vouch for him as a reliable person. the point is u ask what his standards are (which hechsherim for meat etc. he relies on), and then u rely on what he says. how do you ever rely on a hechsher?
You said that the chabad rabbi was not so hot about it
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on November 16, 2014, 02:23:39 PM
Spoke to the shliach in CUN.

Basically:
There have been several restaurants that have come and gone and he has recommended that people can eat at all but one of them.
The current restaurant is kosher, but not quite at the standards of American hashgocha, so personally he doesn't eat there. But he's personally very strict and isn't saying there's anything wrong with the place.

One of the main issues is that the ashkenazic meat they get is done by a local butcher without a mashgiach tmidi.  If you do eat at the restaurant he would recommend ordering the sephardic meat as that comes sealed from MEX and is done under a mashgiach tmidi.

The restaurant in Playa de la carmen only uses the sephardic meat from MEX, so the situation there is better.

Bringing in POM meals, even chicken ones, is very risky.  Better off buying meat in CUN and cooking it yourself.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: puddles on November 16, 2014, 03:17:31 PM
Trip Report from November 2014:
I got to Cancun late on a Sunday Afternoon after flying American with my Avios Points. I am sure there was a better way to do it but I am not a maven by any stretch and all I paid was the $150 for my wife and myself in taxes and fees. Flight was okay although American doesn't have personal TV's which is kind of annoying. Flight was short though so I didn't mind

I went back on forth on this forum about hiring the hotel to pick me up Vs. a taxi at the airport. The hotel (Hyatt Zilara Cancun) charged $110 round trip and I honestly felt it was money well spent. Taxis at the airport were quoting me (since I was curious) about $40-$60 to the hotel and when we arrived it was pouring. My hotel driver was waiting for us right in front with a sign and umbrella so we didn't have to wait or get wet. The car was a new Lincoln Navigator, the driver spoke fluent Engligsh and there was cold water and nice iced towels waiting for us. The drive from the airport to the Hyatt was about 25 minutes.

We got to the hotel late afternoon and checkin was quick and easy. I am a Hyatt Diamond member so we were upgraded to a higher room (top floor, the 8th). We were set up with a concierge who helped us with our room, schedule a massage and gave me a nice non kosher bottle of wine :) We tried explaining our kosher restrictions to him since it is an all inclusive hotel and he made sure that we were set up with whatever kosher food they had available.

Since we got there so late the first day and had ordered Chabad food for later that evening we decided to walk on the beach and than go to a local mall. There is a bus that runs up and down the street of the hotel zone and charges 10 pesos per person. This is roughly $1 and you are able to give american dollars or pesos. We took the bus about 3 minutes down the road to the La Isla mall which was really quite nice. It is an outdoor mall that is mostly covered by canopies. There are a bunch of high end stores (Gucci, Ferregamo, Zenga etc), middle tier like Zara and even some others like Tommy Hilfiger, Nike etc. It was a nice place to walk around and they have a Starbucks, Tevana and even Haggen Dazs if you would eat that. All of the kiosks will bother you to do something like the fish eating pedicures or buy a tshirt. Its fun in the beginning but does get annoying at a point They also have an aquarium which we didn't do but looked nice. My wife and I did a trampoline bungee jump type of thing inside the mall which was fun. it was $20 per person and is similar (but much smaller) than what they have on the West Side Highway in NY. We continued to walk around the mall, do some window shopping and headed back to the hotel for Supper.

The food arrived for us warm so we didn't have to ask the hotel to warm it up. Our room had a nice sized table to eat on and some chairs on the porch so we ate outside. I got the spaghetti and meatballs and my wife got Schnitzel with a side of vegetables and potatoes. Food was quite good and the woman from the Chabad was an absolutely pleassure to deal with. She was extremely ressponsive to all the emails and flexible with our schedule. They charged delivery to the hotel zone of $10 per delivery .

The next morning we did massages which (in case anyone cares) were $160 for the two of us at 50 minutes. I ended up using the jacuzzi in the mens locker room (they had separate jacuzzis, steam and saunas for the men and women). If the steam room is you thing you have to ask them to put the methol in the steam which really helps clear up your breathing if you have a cold. Massages were quite nice and relaxing. We spent the majority of the day walking around the hotel, drinking all the free drinks (al inclusive :) ) and sitting  at the pool and beach. I had read online that the cabanas were full and hard to get but I had no issue at all getting good seats. You can't go five minutes with them asking you if you need another drink, towel, cold towels, suntan lotion or even to clean you sunglasses! The cabanas have curtains if you want to block the sun or have some privacy. There are also chairs that went in the pool and the same for the beach. We also scheduled a horseback riding tour for the next day with the service that was at the hotel. Best day is the name of the agency and they arranged the travel, food (which we couldn't eat) and return travel.
Instead of going out at night we enjoyed the programs the hotel had to offer which included at various time of the day and night; turtle release (letting hundreds of baby turtles into the ocean, quite cool!), bike riding around the resort, salsa dance training, live bands, pottery painting, water aerobics, volleyball, tennis and other nightly entertainment.

We did the best day horseback ridging since it was quite to the hotel (about 45 minutes driving) and only took 2 hours. It was really a lot of fun and you got through a forest to the beach which was truly amazing. The beach was empty and ridiculously nice. I believe it is ranked as one of the nicest once in the world. We passed by some other tours they do there including, ATV, snorkeling, Jet skis, dolphins and wind sailing. All this can be arranged via the hotel or about a million other people that will harass you everywhere.

We got back to the hotel in the afternoon and did some more pool/beach. My room also had a porch with a hammock and I spent some time out there. The hotel has free wifi which was surpirsly pretty good. It reached most of the pool and even some of the beach. I was able to use Netflix on my iPad and computer to watch a movie and relax. Also, if thats something you like to do I would recommend brining a HDMI cable to connect to the tv so you could watch on the TV in the room.

We went to the resturatant in Cancun. I understand there is some discussion as to its Hechsher. I was comfortable with the Mashgiach there and you can decided for yourself whether or not it is good enough for you. We sat outside in the restaurant over the water which had a tremendous view and was so peaceful and quiet. A true change from Brooklyn. We sampled three of the appetizers whose names I can't remember but were all delicious. They were all meat related. They also gave us some free margaritas since we told them it was our first time there. The place is huge, could probably seat over 100 people but was almost empty. There was another elderly couple there who I tried speaking with but didn't speak much engligh. For the main we split the Heifer Duo and the Brochete Heifer which were both pretty good. The meat was okay, I would say comparable to an Israeli steak but still good. It was also nice to have some fresh food. We didn't have dessert since we were full but all in all solid place and a spectacular view. I would be happy recommending it. My whole bill was around $100 dollars including tip.

Other random notes: our whole stay was about 2 full days so we tried to get in a lot of relaxing. We brought bread, cheese, a grill cheese maker, kind bars and some other snacks and candy for lunch. Tuna packers made it through with no issue. We didn't bothe with meat. Other Chabad foods we ate included a burger (great), chicken salad (great and nice size) and the other type of chicken they offered.
The hotel brought me the following every morning which was really nice: Kosher cereal boxes which were fruit loops and chocolate krispies. They had a bunch more but I didnt see a Hechsher on the box. Milk sealed in a box with a hechsher, plastic cups (they didn't have plastic bowls) plastic spoons, bananas, apples and peaches. They also gave us ketchup packets.

The room was really nice and included a jacuzzi and a hammock on the porch. The view was amazing and couldn't be beat. Staff at the Hyatt was wonderful and really went out of their way to try and help you with anything you might need. When my wife was offered a second massage at s steep discount and wasn't happy with the way it went they made sure she got another one completely free without a seconds thought. They did ask for good trip advisor reviews a lot which was funny.

Drinks were good and of course free if thats something you like. Other people at the hotel said the food was good but of course we didn't have anything. There is a coffee shop that is open all day that had some assorted coffees and drinks. There was also a game room with TV playing football on Sunday and Monday night, pool tables and a ping pong table.

I hope this helps anyone thats reading. I did the best I could. If I can, I will try and post some pictures later. Please don't hesitate to write or PM with any questions. I read through the whole thread before going and really appreciate anyone that wrote in. All advice and thoughts were taken into consideration before taking our nice quick vacation.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Tzfas on November 16, 2014, 03:31:19 PM
Thanks so much for the TR we were just looking into going to CUN and it came in at a perfect time.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: puddles on November 16, 2014, 03:33:20 PM
Thanks so much for the TR we were just looking into going to CUN and it came in at a perfect time.
quite welcome, hope it helped.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on November 16, 2014, 04:20:51 PM
Trip Report from November 2014:
I got to Cancun late on a Sunday Afternoon after flying American with my Avios Points. I am sure there was a better way to do it but I am not a maven by any stretch and all I paid was the $150 for my wife and myself in taxes and fees. Flight was okay although American doesn't have personal TV's which is kind of annoying. Flight was short though so I didn't mind

I went back on forth on this forum about hiring the hotel to pick me up Vs. a taxi at the airport. The hotel (Hyatt Zilara Cancun) charged $110 round trip and I honestly felt it was money well spent. Taxis at the airport were quoting me (since I was curious) about $40-$60 to the hotel and when we arrived it was pouring. My hotel driver was waiting for us right in front with a sign and umbrella so we didn't have to wait or get wet. The car was a new Lincoln Navigator, the driver spoke fluent Engligsh and there was cold water and nice iced towels waiting for us. The drive from the airport to the Hyatt was about 25 minutes.

We got to the hotel late afternoon and checkin was quick and easy. I am a Hyatt Diamond member so we were upgraded to a higher room (top floor, the 8th). We were set up with a concierge who helped us with our room, schedule a massage and gave me a nice non kosher bottle of wine :) We tried explaining our kosher restrictions to him since it is an all inclusive hotel and he made sure that we were set up with whatever kosher food they had available.

Since we got there so late the first day and had ordered Chabad food for later that evening we decided to walk on the beach and than go to a local mall. There is a bus that runs up and down the street of the hotel zone and charges 10 pesos per person. This is roughly $1 and you are able to give american dollars or pesos. We took the bus about 3 minutes down the road to the La Isla mall which was really quite nice. It is an outdoor mall that is mostly covered by canopies. There are a bunch of high end stores (Gucci, Ferregamo, Zenga etc), middle tier like Zara and even some others like Tommy Hilfiger, Nike etc. It was a nice place to walk around and they have a Starbucks, Tevana and even Haggen Dazs if you would eat that. All of the kiosks will bother you to do something like the fish eating pedicures or buy a tshirt. Its fun in the beginning but does get annoying at a point They also have an aquarium which we didn't do but looked nice. My wife and I did a trampoline bungee jump type of thing inside the mall which was fun. it was $20 per person and is similar (but much smaller) than what they have on the West Side Highway in NY. We continued to walk around the mall, do some window shopping and headed back to the hotel for Supper.

The food arrived for us warm so we didn't have to ask the hotel to warm it up. Our room had a nice sized table to eat on and some chairs on the porch so we ate outside. I got the spaghetti and meatballs and my wife got Schnitzel with a side of vegetables and potatoes. Food was quite good and the woman from the Chabad was an absolutely pleassure to deal with. She was extremely ressponsive to all the emails and flexible with our schedule. They charged delivery to the hotel zone of $10 per delivery .

The next morning we did massages which (in case anyone cares) were $160 for the two of us at 50 minutes. I ended up using the jacuzzi in the mens locker room (they had separate jacuzzis, steam and saunas for the men and women). If the steam room is you thing you have to ask them to put the methol in the steam which really helps clear up your breathing if you have a cold. Massages were quite nice and relaxing. We spent the majority of the day walking around the hotel, drinking all the free drinks (al inclusive :) ) and sitting  at the pool and beach. I had read online that the cabanas were full and hard to get but I had no issue at all getting good seats. You can't go five minutes with them asking you if you need another drink, towel, cold towels, suntan lotion or even to clean you sunglasses! The cabanas have curtains if you want to block the sun or have some privacy. There are also chairs that went in the pool and the same for the beach. We also scheduled a horseback riding tour for the next day with the service that was at the hotel. Best day is the name of the agency and they arranged the travel, food (which we couldn't eat) and return travel.
Instead of going out at night we enjoyed the programs the hotel had to offer which included at various time of the day and night; turtle release (letting hundreds of baby turtles into the ocean, quite cool!), bike riding around the resort, salsa dance training, live bands, pottery painting, water aerobics, volleyball, tennis and other nightly entertainment.

We did the best day horseback ridging since it was quite to the hotel (about 45 minutes driving) and only took 2 hours. It was really a lot of fun and you got through a forest to the beach which was truly amazing. The beach was empty and ridiculously nice. I believe it is ranked as one of the nicest once in the world. We passed by some other tours they do there including, ATV, snorkeling, Jet skis, dolphins and wind sailing. All this can be arranged via the hotel or about a million other people that will harass you everywhere.

We got back to the hotel in the afternoon and did some more pool/beach. My room also had a porch with a hammock and I spent some time out there. The hotel has free wifi which was surpirsly pretty good. It reached most of the pool and even some of the beach. I was able to use Netflix on my iPad and computer to watch a movie and relax. Also, if thats something you like to do I would recommend brining a HDMI cable to connect to the tv so you could watch on the TV in the room.

We went to the resturatant in Cancun. I understand there is some discussion as to its Hechsher. I was comfortable with the Mashgiach there and you can decided for yourself whether or not it is good enough for you. We sat outside in the restaurant over the water which had a tremendous view and was so peaceful and quiet. A true change from Brooklyn. We sampled three of the appetizers whose names I can't remember but were all delicious. They were all meat related. They also gave us some free margaritas since we told them it was our first time there. The place is huge, could probably seat over 100 people but was almost empty. There was another elderly couple there who I tried speaking with but didn't speak much engligh. For the main we split the Heifer Duo and the Brochete Heifer which were both pretty good. The meat was okay, I would say comparable to an Israeli steak but still good. It was also nice to have some fresh food. We didn't have dessert since we were full but all in all solid place and a spectacular view. I would be happy recommending it. My whole bill was around $100 dollars including tip.

Other random notes: our whole stay was about 2 full days so we tried to get in a lot of relaxing. We brought bread, cheese, a grill cheese maker, kind bars and some other snacks and candy for lunch. Tuna packers made it through with no issue. We didn't bothe with meat. Other Chabad foods we ate included a burger (great), chicken salad (great and nice size) and the other type of chicken they offered.
The hotel brought me the following every morning which was really nice: Kosher cereal boxes which were fruit loops and chocolate krispies. They had a bunch more but I didnt see a Hechsher on the box. Milk sealed in a box with a hechsher, plastic cups (they didn't have plastic bowls) plastic spoons, bananas, apples and peaches. They also gave us ketchup packets.

The room was really nice and included a jacuzzi and a hammock on the porch. The view was amazing and couldn't be beat. Staff at the Hyatt was wonderful and really went out of their way to try and help you with anything you might need. When my wife was offered a second massage at s steep discount and wasn't happy with the way it went they made sure she got another one completely free without a seconds thought. They did ask for good trip advisor reviews a lot which was funny.

Drinks were good and of course free if thats something you like. Other people at the hotel said the food was good but of course we didn't have anything. There is a coffee shop that is open all day that had some assorted coffees and drinks. There was also a game room with TV playing football on Sunday and Monday night, pool tables and a ping pong table.

I hope this helps anyone thats reading. I did the best I could. If I can, I will try and post some pictures later. Please don't hesitate to write or PM with any questions. I read through the whole thread before going and really appreciate anyone that wrote in. All advice and thoughts were taken into consideration before taking our nice quick vacation.
Thabks a lot- sounds like you guys had a great time. Good for you
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Gets on November 16, 2014, 05:25:14 PM
Great TR. Thanks
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: E-MAN on November 17, 2014, 01:32:25 PM
Great TR!
Please post some pics if you have. Thanks!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on November 17, 2014, 02:16:42 PM
Spoke to the shliach in CUN.

Basically:
There have been several restaurants that have come and gone and he has recommended that people can eat at all but one of them.
The current restaurant is kosher, but not quite at the standards of American hashgocha, so personally he doesn't eat there. But he's personally very strict and isn't saying there's anything wrong with the place.

One of the main issues is that the ashkenazic meat they get is done by a local butcher without a mashgiach tmidi.  If you do eat at the restaurant he would recommend ordering the sephardic meat as that comes sealed from MEX and is done under a mashgiach tmidi.
Shkoyach R Dan for following up. the impression i had gotten from him too. would again recommend the Chabad food at koshercancun as kosher, delicious, and delivered on time.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: puddles on November 17, 2014, 02:49:49 PM
Here are some pictures of the food. Hope this is okay.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: moe3615 on November 26, 2014, 11:12:43 PM
Any suggestions how to get upgraded to nicer room at the Hyatt Zilara? I am gold passport platinum.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on November 27, 2014, 01:33:58 AM
Trip Report from November 2014:

Excellent TR, the last dish pic looks good and very generous. Have any other beach and scenery pics from there?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: mh1717 on November 27, 2014, 02:48:34 AM

The restaurant in Playa de la carmen only uses the sephardic meat from MEX, so the situation there is better.


What is this restaurant in Playa de la carmen? How far from chabad/main hotel zone?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: mh1717 on November 27, 2014, 03:06:46 AM

The hotel was beautiful and a lot of fun, the staff was very friendly and willing to help, especially the "Romance Concierge" we checked in with since I emailed that we were on our honeymoon. we were taken right there as soon as we arrived, they brought us drinks and showed us to our room.

The pool and beach area is gorgeous, we found the pool area to be more crowded and the beach pretty empty, there is a swim up bar in the pool and another one on the beach along with a huge one in the lobby, the hotel is all inclusive which means the coffee shop, restaurants, bars, room service, mini bar... Is all free so help yourself to as much of whatever whenever you want.


Thanks so much for the detailed TR! Going next weekend and considering the Zilara. Hopefully the walk to Chabad won't be too bad.

What room did you stay in there? There seems to be limited options. Were you upgraded?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on November 27, 2014, 03:16:27 AM
Heading out towards airport to cun now- will send tr when I get back
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on November 27, 2014, 06:07:57 AM
What is this restaurant in Playa de la carmen? How far from chabad/main hotel zone?

Playa Del Carmen is a significant distance from Cancun. Figure an hour each way, not something I would do regularly.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: puddles on November 27, 2014, 07:40:58 AM
I don't believe that my room was upgraded Other than the fact that it was in the highest floor. My understanding was that the only better rooms were the swim up ones or the penthouse suites. I tried hard using the anniversary card first time in Mexico etc but they didn't let me upgrade. 

Here's a few more pictures. Sorry I'm no photographer. The last one is the view from my room.

The picture of the vegetables is what I got when I asked them to send up vegetables not peeled with no dressing and not cut  ;) I kept trying different variations of instructions but to no avail.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yitzyul on November 27, 2014, 04:53:12 PM
Any suggestions when is a good time to go (quiet not busy) . I am looking to go possibly January/Feb. Don't want to go Yeshiva Week nor do I want to hit spring break either. Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: gtyossi on December 01, 2014, 10:09:16 AM
I am going to Cancun in the beginning of March. I am looking to stay at either the Intercontinental Presidente or the Westin Lagunamar. Anyone recommend one over the other. Any info on location, size of rooms or nicer accommodations. I am using ultimate rewards points and they both are pricing around 18k a night.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ShlockDoc on December 01, 2014, 10:09:06 PM
I'm going to Cancun/Riviera Maya soon.  Has anyone rented a mifi or some type of mobile internet device?  The resort I'm staying at wants to charge a fortune for wifi and I want to be able to use Waze when driving around.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 01, 2014, 11:31:49 PM
So nobody has any experience bringing pomegranate meals into mexico?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: elikay on December 01, 2014, 11:40:09 PM
I'm going to Cancun/Riviera Maya soon.  Has anyone rented a mifi or some type of mobile internet device?  The resort I'm staying at wants to charge a fortune for wifi and I want to be able to use Waze when driving around.

Thanks!
If they provide ethernet you can get a WiFi router on amazon for $15 or less.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ShlockDoc on December 01, 2014, 11:46:55 PM
If they provide ethernet you can get a WiFi router on amazon for $15 or less.

Great idea.  They don't have hard-lined INternet listed on their website but I'll call to ask.   What about getting around in Mexico?  What did y'all do for phone and mobile Internet?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on December 02, 2014, 12:34:43 AM
So nobody has any experience bringing pomegranate meals into mexico?

I just brought in beef jerky but wife's pasta was taken away because of the cheese in it. They have dog sniffers at baggage claim ( that's how they found ours) so I think Pom meals r Bad idea. Anyways the food from both the resturant & Chabad is amazing & well priced. Chabad drops off meals like clock work @ your hotel @ time u request & it's piping hot. Don't see why anyone would want to shlep & risk meals from USA & have to deal with heating & storing the meals
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 02, 2014, 12:36:19 AM
Not looking to stay in CUN.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on December 02, 2014, 12:40:28 AM
Not looking to stay in CUN.

Playa supposedly has good kosher market & resturant. The resturant sends out meals to playa & surrounding areas as well.think Chabad cun does as well.. If your looking to go to Los cabos well then I hear the issue..
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on December 02, 2014, 12:41:43 AM
So nobody has any experience bringing pomegranate meals into mexico?

For what it's worth- kosher luxus lady told me all meats come from Mexico city & not local butcher..
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on December 02, 2014, 12:45:28 AM
I just brought in beef jerky but wife's pasta was taken away because of the cheese in it. They have dog sniffers at baggage claim ( that's how they found ours) so I think Pom meals r Bad idea. Anyways the food from both the resturant & Chabad is amazing & well priced. Chabad drops off meals like clock work @ your hotel @ time u request & it's piping hot. Don't see why anyone would want to shlep & risk meals from USA & have to deal with heating & storing the meals
+ 108 on the Chabad service and quality, and note that u can pick up cholov yisroel cheese at costco and good bread at sams club. and i'm not some shill, just a guy who was really impressed and now cant imagine going back to suffer in lines for overpriced bad food in miami.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on December 02, 2014, 12:51:24 AM
+ 108 on the Chabad service and quality, and note that u can pick up cholov yisroel cheese at costco and good bread at sams club. and i'm not some shill, just a guy who was really impressed and now cant imagine going back to suffer in lines for overpriced bad food in miami.
+1 hard to imagine doing another Costa Rica trip as well. Just such a perfect combination in cun.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: youG on December 02, 2014, 01:08:10 AM
Anyone have ever stay in NIZUC ? Or Fairmont Mayakoba? Going mid January for first time and looking Into both of those. Any help is appreciated, and how long before do you have to order chabad meals?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on December 02, 2014, 01:13:54 AM
Anyone have ever stay in NIZUC ? Or Fairmont Mayakoba? Going mid January for first time and looking Into both of those. Any help is appreciated, and how long before do you have to order chabad meals?
Friend has stayed in Fairmont mayakoba and refuses to go anywhere else, loves the place. email chabad.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: aarony on December 02, 2014, 12:19:14 PM
my daughters usually go to miami during their mid winter break - they are bais yaakov girls.  is cancun an option or would the tznius be too big a problem?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ShlockDoc on December 02, 2014, 12:26:58 PM
my daughters usually go to miami during their mid winter break - they are bais yaakov girls.  is cancun an option or would the tznius be too big a problem?

What's the tznius issue for girls? 
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on December 02, 2014, 01:06:26 PM

my daughters usually go to miami during their mid winter break - they are bais yaakov girls.  is cancun an option or would the tznius be too big a problem?
I'd imagine no bigger problem than Miami
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on December 02, 2014, 01:26:28 PM
I'd imagine no bigger problem than Miami
For some reason in the frum world the bikinis in miami are considered more modest though I have no idea why.. That said, I probably wouldn't recomend coming to cun during spring break
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: aarony on December 02, 2014, 01:44:24 PM
In Miami the beachwear is pretty much confined to the beach if you stay in the 41st area. The hotels are also not large resorts with swimming pools.  Much of the crowd in the are are older retired folks.  We don't go hang out at south beach.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on December 02, 2014, 01:47:20 PM
In Miami the beachwear is pretty much confined to the beach if you stay in the 41st area. The hotels are also not large resorts with swimming pools.  Much of the crowd in the are are older retired folks.  We don't go hang out at south beach.

Cancun is same layout as Collins. Some ppl up thread said they went during "yeshiva week" guess ask them what it was like. My trip was empty and mostly retirees
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on December 02, 2014, 05:56:28 PM
Cancun is same layout as Collins. Some ppl up thread said they went during "yeshiva week" guess ask them what it was like. My trip was empty and mostly retirees
i dont understand the tznius point but i am more of a crass guy. I went during yeshiva week to the lagunamar which was prob mostly full. the beach was usually empty, but the pool areas had some people, including of course some people in bathing suits. but you WILL have that at every resort you go to anywhere, unless you rent a house in N miami beach and only stay inside. and make sure not to use the internet or tv. I live in NYC and work with women all the time, including those who may dress a little less formally than my grandma. thats the way the world is today. if u want a break from pritzus, go to meah shearim. if you want a vacation, go to cancun and find a nice quiet part of the pool/beach and play with your kids and make your wife happy.
as an aside, eating in your suite with your family each night is prob better than going to all the ritzy kosher restaurants in Miami where all the women get all fapitzed and sit on top of you.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: youG on December 02, 2014, 06:11:12 PM
So how is cancun during yeshiva week? Is it like miami ? Will bump into frum ppl everywhere?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 02, 2014, 06:36:27 PM
Seems like it.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on December 02, 2014, 07:14:09 PM
So how is cancun during yeshiva week? Is it like miami ? Will bump into frum ppl everywhere?
NOT AT ALL. when i was there yeshiva week last year, we had a nice minyan, but hardly saw frum people otherwise when at the pool/beach/malls. i'd guess there were maybe 100 jews in the cancun hotel area.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 02, 2014, 07:17:40 PM
NOT AT ALL. when i was there yeshiva week last year, we had a nice minyan, but hardly saw frum people otherwise when at the pool/beach/malls. i'd guess there were maybe 100 jews in the cancun hotel area.
Seems from the local shliach that it's much more than that.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on December 02, 2014, 08:20:08 PM
So how is cancun during yeshiva week? Is it like miami ? Will bump into frum ppl everywhere?
can someone please explain what & when is this yeshiva week?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 02, 2014, 08:22:55 PM
can someone please explain what & when is this yeshiva week?

This year it is the 18th to 25th of January week. Sort of like mid-winter break.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on December 02, 2014, 09:26:49 PM
Not looking to stay in CUN.

Where you looking to stay?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 03, 2014, 10:44:44 AM
So there is:
-Chabad Cancun regular menu (pickup or delivery)
-Chabad Cancun yeshiva weeks menu (pickup or delivery)
-Kosher Luxus (Eat-in only?)
-Chabad Playa (pickup or delivery)
-Hotel770 (flag waiving bootleg chabad) (Eat-in only?)

I had no idea!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on December 03, 2014, 11:09:53 AM
So there is:
-Chabad Cancun regular menu (pickup or delivery)
-Chabad Cancun yeshiva weeks menu (pickup or delivery)
-Kosher Luxus (Eat-in only?)
-Chabad Playa (pickup or delivery)
-Hotel770 (flag waiving bootleg chabad) (Eat-in only?)

I had no idea!

Kosher luxus delivers as well. They even send out playa de Carmen
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on December 03, 2014, 11:10:56 AM
So there is:
-Chabad Cancun regular menu (pickup or delivery)
-Chabad Cancun yeshiva weeks menu (pickup or delivery)
-Kosher Luxus (Eat-in only?)
-Chabad Playa (pickup or delivery)
-Hotel770 (flag waiving bootleg chabad) (Eat-in only?)

I had no idea!
Kosher luxus delivers shabbos to room as well. They sent over food & a warmer in a suitcase ( so hotel won't give problems) right before shabbos
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: youG on December 03, 2014, 11:19:40 AM
So there is:
-Chabad Cancun regular menu (pickup or delivery)
-Chabad Cancun yeshiva weeks menu (pickup or delivery)
-Kosher Luxus (Eat-in only?)
-Chabad Playa (pickup or delivery)
-Hotel770 (flag waiving bootleg chabad) (Eat-in only?)

I had no idea!

Thanks!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on December 03, 2014, 02:30:07 PM
So there is:
-Chabad Cancun regular menu (pickup or delivery)
-Chabad Cancun yeshiva weeks menu (pickup or delivery)
-Kosher Luxus (Eat-in only?)
-Chabad Playa (pickup or delivery)
-Hotel770 (flag waiving bootleg chabad) (Eat-in only?)
while they are claiming to be temporarily closed, there is also dag dag, a quaint husband/wife restaurant that may be useful to some (only eat in and order in advance if possible as they are slow). http://www.koshercancunrestaurant.com/ they are located next door to the real chabad cancun center. Finally, been told by several peeps there that the falafel at mama sababa in playa is really great, but i have no info on kashrus. http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g150812-d5958211-Reviews-Mama_Sababa-Playa_del_Carmen_Yucatan_Peninsula.html seems they are closed on shabbos http://www.vivagoviva.com/riviera-maya/playa-del-carmen/item/367-mama-sababa
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 03, 2014, 02:35:59 PM
while they are claiming to be temporarily closed, there is also dag dag, a quaint husband/wife restaurant that may be useful to some (only eat in and order in advance if possible as they are slow). http://www.koshercancunrestaurant.com/ they are located next door to the real chabad cancun center. Finally, been told by several peeps there that the falafel at mama sababa in playa is really great, but i have no info on kashrus. http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g150812-d5958211-Reviews-Mama_Sababa-Playa_del_Carmen_Yucatan_Peninsula.html seems they are closed on shabbos http://www.vivagoviva.com/riviera-maya/playa-del-carmen/item/367-mama-sababa
Who's hashgocha are these places under?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on December 03, 2014, 02:41:38 PM
Who's hashgocha are these places under?
+1. I was wondering the same
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on December 03, 2014, 03:00:42 PM
Who's hashgocha are these places under?
Dag Dag is the Chabad rabbi, he covers them (see the chabad website here http://www.jewishcancun.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/513110/jewish/Kosher-Food.htm). no clue on the mama sababa (never went there) but there is an email and phone ariehammer2@gmail.com to find out, or maybe ask the Playa chabad people.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 03, 2014, 03:23:48 PM
Cleaned up and added to the Wiki a bit.

Anyone want to add more activities to it?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 03, 2014, 03:35:56 PM
Mama Sababa does not have hashgocha.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on December 03, 2014, 03:50:11 PM
Just got back from cancun here is my TR I apologize for its length but i figure ppl might find the info useful. I am making different paragraphs for different topics so it will be easy to find what you want and skip the rest:

Traveling to Mexico:
1- mx pesos are now around 14 per dollar. It's annoying that the symbol is the same for both currency so don't freak out when the price seems insane as unless it says usd it's in pesos.
2- as it is closer to the equator the sun is extremely powerful there so make sure you use Constant strong sunscreen
3- I did not encounter bugs due to windy weather but friends were there the week before said it was huge issue-especially by the lagoon area so would recommend bringing repellent.
4- verizon offers share mexico plan which is 15$  for 1000 minutes. It's unclear if text messages are a deduction of minutes as 1 text is 1 min or if it's .50$ a sent text. Every time I called I got different response.
5- in Mexico if they have a pulse and a smile they expect a tip. I brought lots of small bills so I would have singles, 5's & 10s for tipping. You also want a lot of smaller bills because every 1 takes dollars but will only give you change in pesos. You don't want to be stuck with 98$ worth of pesos for buying a coke with a Benjamin.                                                                              6- the weather is like the rest of the Caribbean- unpredictable. We thankfully had no rain till the day we left but we had REALLY strong winds for first few days..
7- unless  the hotel has its own filtering system, do not drink the tap water!
8- You can get by easily with English but remember that it is their second language so nuanced or details can get lost in translation.
9- when you charge to cc (obviously bring one with no foreign transaction fee) you are better off buying in pesos than in dollars. The cc company will give you a much better rate so it will be cheaper. E.g. I had choice of being charged either 25$ in usd or 300 pesos & it came out to 21$.
10-its central time zone. With sundown around half hr later than nyc
11-Things move slowly in Mexico (hey, they coined the term "Monyata":)

 Cancun's layout is similar to Miami beach with a strip of land Btwn ocean & lagoon/bay & hotels all along ocean side like Collins. Playa de Carmen is about an hr or so south with river maya in Btwn. Playa is considered more hip & happening than cancun & river maya has more expansive resorts that are isolated as opposed to Cancun which they are lined up one next to each other.

Flying to cancun: as we have a southwest companion pass it was a no Brainer for us to take the bwi-cun non-stop. We left on thanksgiving day & got both our flights rndtrp for 25k &100$ in tax. The planes for the route r older so they don't have tvs & there is no meal service. Thy didn't even have plastic utensils. They do have wifi & for the price I payed I'm more than happy to forgo the meal & TV. In bwi they refused to let us on the TSA pre line because it is an international flight. I have flown many times international & they always allowed us to skip the security line or at least use the first class line, but as the pre line was actually moving slower than the regular we just went with it. I was coming from Lakewood &
Travel time was 2.5 hrs from Lakewood to car park & 50min from car park to gate (it was early in the am). Considering it was thanksgiving day & coming off bad weather I think it would justify any1 from say Lakewood going to bwi over JFK. The outboud went smoothly and they have a huge duty free in airport. the buiz center only takes priority pass and they told me some bs about not opening for pp till after 3:00pm.

 Food: as we were warned about  bringing foods into Mexico we only brought with us beef jerky, oatmeals ( there is a really good one that comes in small bowls we brought) & pitas..we decided to bring our travel croc pot(small 10$) to make a chulent & brought barley & the spices/sauces for it in small container. Thankfully, the jerky & sauce made it thru but my wife's lunch wasn't so lucky. She packed a pasta with some cheese in it for lunch and by the baggage claim in cun they have a dog-sniffer going by everyone's belongings-of course when it came by my wife the dog went straight for her handbag & the security guard confiscated the meal. We bought at Walmart eggs & veg as well as: cereal, milk (Lala)granola bars & sabra chumus. We were told alef alef & mzd r reliable hechsherim. Scattered thru out all the stores u will find random food items that have Ou from the states so keep your eyes out. We were shocked to see the chocolates marriott gave us for the turn down service was from astro in Lakewood & had an Ou! Talk bout a great find  :). As I know there has been a lot of discussion here about the Hashgacha & meat I inquired by kosher luxus/red heifer and the lady told me all meats come from Mexico city & not local butcher. The resturant was right across the st from our hotel & we had an amazing experience there for thur & sun dinner as well as fri night where they  sent food to our hotel. The mashgiach is super nice & helpful though he speaks only Hebrew & Spanish.so we were back to sem/yeshiva days of breaking our teeth in ivrit. He gave me meat for my chulent & informed us that they send food out to playa de Carmen for what sounded like a small fee(again,we weren't understanding him 100% but sounded like for only few dollars) Pedro the waiter was great & had the best English from all of them. I got the sirloin 400g with grilled veg  which was amazing on thur but when I ordered it again on sun( it was that good)- it was Medicore.. Wife got tacos which were nothing to write home bout & a fish pasta that she loved. We also tried the stuff avocado which was real good  as well. The Miami vice, sangria, "sob" & strawberry mottios were all great & we sat there enjoying our drinks &
>>> The view of the lagoon well after our meal was over. Originally we were supposed to eat at the hotel fri night but they told us on thur that they were delivering food to every1 instead.Again, the communication wasn't great so it was hard to tell if we had the option of eating in the restaurant fri night. It came fri afternoon well wrapped with a hot plate in a suitcase (so hotel won't give issues) we were apprehensive at first bout the change but it worked out great. The challah,dips& soup were all plentiful ( my wife ordered soup & t was enough for 2 full bowls)& I got the Argentinian beef strips which was phenomenal. I also got grilled wings which were good. The chicken salad wife got was good but bit skimpy on the chicken. The lady who called us to confirm our reservations was from the USA & I would advise trying to contact her so that less will be lost in translation as the staff didn't speak great English. Our Food cost us 209$ total for thur & fri night together & 120$ last night so the pricing wasn't bad at all. We ordered from Chabad on mon & tue & the food was great! The service was impeccable. She dropped off the food at the exact requested time well-wrapped & piping hot. We got the pepper steak which was a very large portion as well burgers, meatballs & chicken salad and everything was fantastic.the burgers & meatballs tasted like the same type of meat but tasted like good homemade burgers/meatballs. The cost was 135 for all our food from her, which was well prices as well.  Both food options are great & it's a pleasure giving both of them your patronage as opposed to a lot of over-priced & horrible food joints you typically find in far off places.
Beer is all light and I couldn't find any premium american/European beers anywhere. The only cocktails I saw that you could get where gin&tonic. You can buy good dry wine at the restaurant but at a steep premium,We brought our own in a wine case that protects it fine.

Transportation: I usually always rent a car as I love the independence it affords. However, our friends just rented one the week before &
Had to deal with the car rental trying to charge them a fortune in hidden fees & made up damages. Cancun also is so easily accessible w/o a car that we decided against renting. All the activities in cun  you can either walk to or take bus/cab. The activities you sign up with thru any of the hundreds of outfitters all offer pickups from the hotel. We took the local buses to go downtown & the like & it was very smooth & cheap. To get to our hotel, the JW offers 16$ per person per way pick up. Important!: if you have a shuttle pickup @ the airport, after customs go straight out of the building. Don't listen to anyone  in the walkway because there are literally hundreds of them swarming you & they will lie & tell u they are from your hotel, your ride isn't coming & any possible lie they can say to get your buiz. All along the airport they have official looking kiosks & they tell you they are from ministry of tourism etc it's all bs. All over cancun they do that as well. They all wear tags & tell you they are from tourism ministry, note it's not true. There are buses that can take you to playa as well & if you don't want to deal with buses & the natives you can take cabs anywhere.

 Hotels: it seems the vast majority of hotels in cancun are all-inclusive. The hyatt zlara does look real nice but as you need 25k And I value chase at least at 1.5 the cost would be around 350$. The westin has a good location as it is directly across from a really nice mall/plaza which you should definitely check out. We stayed at the JW and were extremely happy with our choice. I found AAA rates in cancun can really save you money and for JW it was 60$ cheaper a night. I got the room for 165$ a night with marriott brg as Expedia was offering a 4th night free which caused the 5 nights to be cheaper than reg rate of 270$. Marriott matched their rate & took an additional 25% knocking our rate down to 165$. I am Platinum level so we got auto-upgraded to deluxe ocean view room. This hotel doesn't have a club level or regular breakfast just restaurants so no extras on that end. They offered us a jr suite for 50$ more a night or a full suite for 90$ a night but the jr was only available on ground level by pool away with no ocean view & the suite was only available for some of the stay so we stuck with our room. The ground floor also smelled bad so I would advise not staying on that floor. We got a nightly turn down service which I think was because of our status but not sure. We also got free wifi as the wifi in lobby is free but in rooms it's at a cost. the room was really nice with an amazing view from the balcony.we were on the 11th floor so we had a great view of ocean and pool .The hotels in cun we thought were much closer to the ocean then in say Miami so we really enjoyed leaving the porch doors open and listening to the ocean at night. I was not a fan of the bathrooms as they are glass and not all of it is fogged out. The amenities in the room were a bit lacking as the screen was not hd & had little channels. Still we were able to get the NFL games. The mini bar could be turned in to a fridge by taking all drinks out but they just sent us 1 up free of charge. There was no coffee maker but each morning they sent us up hot water. The service of the hotel was exemplary and made up for any lacking amnesties. Where ever we went they greeted us by name & were prompt, cordial & looking to help. The pools & beach were great. The beach was cleaner than the ones next door belonging to hard rock & secrets. The pool was really nice and weaved around the whole property. There was a swim up bar that for some reason was closed & an adult only pool that was always empty. We were pleasantly surprised by how empty the hotel was especially for holiday weekend. There are a lot of hotels that offer more entertainment and the like but we enjoyed being able to to do our own thing. The spa also had a real nice pool. The 2 things lacking were hammocks & more hot tubs as they only had 2 & both weren't really hot. The one issue we had besides for our "shabbos sitch" was at check in. We arrived at 12:00 but didn't get a room till 4:00 which is official check in time. There was a big convention the day before and the pres. Of Mexico just left a few hrs before so I guess I can't hold it against them. I would gladly stay there again and after staying there I see why it's one of the top rated hotels on the strip even surpassing the ritz.

shabbos: I have dealt with many shabbos issues in hotels from fridge with 100+ bulbs (costa rica they removed them all) to 22 flights of  steps (sheraton Niagara) &vents that went on when you open the porch door. Obviously, consult your LOR, but I will share the issues we encountered and how we dealt with them. Our room was on the 11th floor so we figured we would just take the steps (if you use shabbos elevators its a lot easier:). The tissues are mostly attached so you might want to be mindful of that. We didn't realize we were going to eat in the room fri night so we weren't very prepared for dealing with lights. The simplest solution would of been to bring a small shabbos clock for the lamp or if you have a suite then you can keep light on in one room. We left the light on in closet but made sure to not close all the way as that turns it off/on. They sent us a hot plate for the food but as we didn't want to keep it on the whole shabbos  and didn't need it for shabbos day, we put the food on before shabbos and turned it off right before shabbos. It worked out great and the food was hot. Friday afternoon I went to check  out the steps and discovered that there was a sensor that triggered a light on each landing! that means we would need a non-jew to walk us down all 11 flights! The front desk was familiar with shabbos observance and they assured me the lights would be turned on,but due to the language barrier I suspected and confirmed right before shabbos that they weren't  understanding the light issue. i told the maintenance guy that if it couldn't be arranged they should send some one to walk us down 1:30pm on shabbos (i assured there would be a nice tip) Well, the message got garbled because at 1:30 fri night we got a call from the front desk!! We ended up just hanging in our room and as shabbos was over early it was enjoyable and not such a big deal. After shabbos I got like 50 emails from amex confirming sbs purchases :).If anyone wants to stay there for shabbos I think you should either stay on ground level (though it smelled bad from the pool) or contact the hotel well in advance to see if the lights can be arranged or at least a "walk-down"

Activities:
Most of the activities are sold as a package. Some are a good deal some are a ripoff. xcaret is the most heavily advertised,but its 100$ just to get into the park and every activity costs additional money. We met people that went there and they said it was a complete scam. The dolphin swim also is a fortune and they charge 100$ just for 1 picture!! We booked the jungle tour and BOB thru our hotel activity center using the aquaworld outfitters. They are a huge outfit and are located right next to kosher luxus which made for any easy walk for us. We got both for 110$ a person with the option of para sailing for another 30$. The jungle tour is very nice and has nothing to do with the jungle! You drive mini motor boats as a caravan of say 6 boats out to a reef in the lagoon area for snorkeling. The water there is stunning and the drive is very nice and fun. When we went it was too windy and choppy to enjoy the snorkeling and i was pissed at them for not being honest and upfront when we asked about the conditions. Thankfully i put it on my amex:). The little snorkeling we did do seemed nice but not the same amount of fish you see in Bahamas/or even the keys. The BOB (Breathing Observation Bubble) is extremely cool and highly recommend. Its easier if you just google it than for me to describe but it basically is an underwater cart that has a fish bowl bubble that you breathe into. This trip went out to the reef right across from the hyatt on the ocean side. We saw some cool fish as well as a sting ray and turtle. They took such an awesome underwater pic of us with a huge fish btwn us that we bought it for 25$ (23$ after the conversion). Be advised: We all got sea sick on the way back! You go down for 30min and then have an option to snorkel and no one took them up on the offer. The seasickness though fades as soon as you get on land so I would still recommend. The other issue is that your ears hurt when you ascend/descend and mine hurt for a good 10 min going down and felt funny for the rest of the day. Again, be mindful and decide for yourself if its for you. We did the fish spa where they nibble at the dead skin at your feet and would recommend doing the 15 min/15$ at aquaworld vs sitting in the plaza where they have tons of them for 25$/25min. It is no longer the season for the turtle release so we missed that. We did the explor fumo? (fire) which is their night package. It an was extremely awesome place. Definitely worth the money and again its easier to google than describe. The charge is 100$ to get in at night and 130$ during the day. We got a black friday discount (pretty cool they have that down in mexico as well) where we got transportation for free 9think its 30$ normally) The park is built thru an underground cavern with 4 main activities that run either in the caverns or above ground. swimming thru the caverns which was supper cool. the water wasnt too cold, but there were a few bats which might freak out some ppl. There is "rafting" (really just a nice paddle trip in the same caverns) which was also very nice. They have ATVing  which is basically a 3 mile track thru the jungle that was fun and very cool at night. The main attraction is the zipline course which was really cool. I did it in Costa Rica and this circuit was pretty comparable. The last one goes into water which if you dont want  to get wet you can skip. We chose the night one mainly so that we could still chill by the beach during the day. The park is near playa and if i would contemplate renting a car at all it would be to go to xplore so that you can stay for as long as you want and not be tied down to the buses (they picked us up at 3:30 and dropped us off at 12:30) It's also near the restaurant in Playa so that  might be a nice combo if you have a car.
The night xplore was lit up all along with torches and you even zip line thru a ring of fire so it was very cool and prob worth doing at night. They charge 79$ (76$ if you put on cc and pay in pesos) for a hard drive of all the pictures. As there are a lot of activities and its hard to take the pics they get we spent the money and got a nice set of pics.

All in all Cancun is an awesome place to go and worth while no matter your style of trip.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 03, 2014, 04:19:16 PM
Thanks for the report, pics?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 03, 2014, 04:19:33 PM
Dag dag: "Currently closed, thinking of reopening but not sure when."
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: cooljoe613 on December 03, 2014, 04:36:34 PM
Just got back from cancun here is my TR I apologize for its length but i figure ppl might find the info useful. I am making different paragraphs for different topics so it will be easy to find what you want and skip the rest:

Traveling to Mexico:
1- mx pesos are now around 14 per dollar. It's annoying that the symbol is the same for both currency so don't freak out when the price seems insane as unless it says usd it's in pesos.
2- as it is closer to the equator the sun is extremely powerful there so make sure you use Constant strong sunscreen
3- I did not encounter bugs due to windy weather but friends were there the week before said it was huge issue-especially by the lagoon area so would recommend bringing repellent.
4- verizon offers share mexico plan which is 15$  for 1000 minutes. It's unclear if text messages are a deduction of minutes as 1 text is 1 min or if it's .50$ a sent text. Every time I called I got different response.
5- in Mexico if they have a pulse and a smile they expect a tip. I brought lots of small bills so I would have singles, 5's & 10s for tipping. You also want a lot of smaller bills because every 1 takes dollars but will only give you change in pesos. You don't want to be stuck with 98$ worth of pesos for buying a coke with a Benjamin.                                                                              6- the weather is like the rest of the Caribbean- unpredictable. We thankfully had no rain till the day we left but we had REALLY strong winds for first few days..
7- unless  the hotel has its own filtering system, do not drink the tap water!
8- You can get by easily with English but remember that it is their second language so nuanced or details can get lost in translation.
9- when you charge to cc (obviously bring one with no foreign transaction fee) you are better off buying in pesos than in dollars. The cc company will give you a much better rate so it will be cheaper. E.g. I had choice of being charged either 25$ in usd or 300 pesos & it came out to 21$.
10-its central time zone. With sundown around half hr later than nyc
11-Things move slowly in Mexico (hey, they coined the term "Monyata":)

 Cancun's layout is similar to Miami beach with a strip of land Btwn ocean & lagoon/bay & hotels all along ocean side like Collins. Playa de Carmen is about an hr or so south with river maya in Btwn. Playa is considered more hip & happening than cancun & river maya has more expansive resorts that are isolated as opposed to Cancun which they are lined up one next to each other.

Flying to cancun: as we have a southwest companion pass it was a no Brainer for us to take the bwi-cun non-stop. We left on thanksgiving day & got both our flights rndtrp for 25k &100$ in tax. The planes for the route r older so they don't have tvs & there is no meal service. Thy didn't even have plastic utensils. They do have wifi & for the price I payed I'm more than happy to forgo the meal & TV. In bwi they refused to let us on the TSA pre line because it is an international flight. I have flown many times international & they always allowed us to skip the security line or at least use the first class line, but as the pre line was actually moving slower than the regular we just went with it. I was coming from Lakewood &
Travel time was 2.5 hrs from Lakewood to car park & 50min from car park to gate (it was early in the am). Considering it was thanksgiving day & coming off bad weather I think it would justify any1 from say Lakewood going to bwi over JFK. The outboud went smoothly and they have a huge duty free in airport. the buiz center only takes priority pass and they told me some bs about not opening for pp till after 3:00pm.

 Food: as we were warned about  bringing foods into Mexico we only brought with us beef jerky, oatmeals ( there is a really good one that comes in small bowls we brought) & pitas..we decided to bring our travel croc pot(small 10$) to make a chulent & brought barley & the spices/sauces for it in small container. Thankfully, the jerky & sauce made it thru but my wife's lunch wasn't so lucky. She packed a pasta with some cheese in it for lunch and by the baggage claim in cun they have a dog-sniffer going by everyone's belongings-of course when it came by my wife the dog went straight for her handbag & the security guard confiscated the meal. We bought at Walmart eggs & veg as well as: cereal, milk (Lala)granola bars & sabra chumus. We were told alef alef & mzd r reliable hechsherim. Scattered thru out all the stores u will find random food items that have Ou from the states so keep your eyes out. We were shocked to see the chocolates marriott gave us for the turn down service was from astro in Lakewood & had an Ou! Talk bout a great find  :). As I know there has been a lot of discussion here about the Hashgacha & meat I inquired by kosher luxus/red heifer and the lady told me all meats come from Mexico city & not local butcher. The resturant was right across the st from our hotel & we had an amazing experience there for thur & sun dinner as well as fri night where they  sent food to our hotel. The mashgiach is super nice & helpful though he speaks only Hebrew & Spanish.so we were back to sem/yeshiva days of breaking our teeth in ivrit. He gave me meat for my chulent & informed us that they send food out to playa de Carmen for what sounded like a small fee(again,we weren't understanding him 100% but sounded like for only few dollars) Pedro the waiter was great & had the best English from all of them. I got the sirloin 400g with grilled veg  which was amazing on thur but when I ordered it again on sun( it was that good)- it was Medicore.. Wife got tacos which were nothing to write home bout & a fish pasta that she loved. We also tried the stuff avocado which was real good  as well. The Miami vice, sangria, "sob" & strawberry mottios were all great & we sat there enjoying our drinks &
>>> The view of the lagoon well after our meal was over. Originally we were supposed to eat at the hotel fri night but they told us on thur that they were delivering food to every1 instead.Again, the communication wasn't great so it was hard to tell if we had the option of eating in the restaurant fri night. It came fri afternoon well wrapped with a hot plate in a suitcase (so hotel won't give issues) we were apprehensive at first bout the change but it worked out great. The challah,dips& soup were all plentiful ( my wife ordered soup & t was enough for 2 full bowls)& I got the Argentinian beef strips which was phenomenal. I also got grilled wings which were good. The chicken salad wife got was good but bit skimpy on the chicken. The lady who called us to confirm our reservations was from the USA & I would advise trying to contact her so that less will be lost in translation as the staff didn't speak great English. Our Food cost us 209$ total for thur & fri night together & 120$ last night so the pricing wasn't bad at all. We ordered from Chabad on mon & tue & the food was great! The service was impeccable. She dropped off the food at the exact requested time well-wrapped & piping hot. We got the pepper steak which was a very large portion as well burgers, meatballs & chicken salad and everything was fantastic.the burgers & meatballs tasted like the same type of meat but tasted like good homemade burgers/meatballs. The cost was 135 for all our food from her, which was well prices as well.  Both food options are great & it's a pleasure giving both of them your patronage as opposed to a lot of over-priced & horrible food joints you typically find in far off places.
Beer is all light and I couldn't find any premium american/European beers anywhere. The only cocktails I saw that you could get where gin&tonic. You can buy good dry wine at the restaurant but at a steep premium,We brought our own in a wine case that protects it fine.

Transportation: I usually always rent a car as I love the independence it affords. However, our friends just rented one the week before &
Had to deal with the car rental trying to charge them a fortune in hidden fees & made up damages. Cancun also is so easily accessible w/o a car that we decided against renting. All the activities in cun  you can either walk to or take bus/cab. The activities you sign up with thru any of the hundreds of outfitters all offer pickups from the hotel. We took the local buses to go downtown & the like & it was very smooth & cheap. To get to our hotel, the JW offers 16$ per person per way pick up. Important!: if you have a shuttle pickup @ the airport, after customs go straight out of the building. Don't listen to anyone  in the walkway because there are literally hundreds of them swarming you & they will lie & tell u they are from your hotel, your ride isn't coming & any possible lie they can say to get your buiz. All along the airport they have official looking kiosks & they tell you they are from ministry of tourism etc it's all bs. All over cancun they do that as well. They all wear tags & tell you they are from tourism ministry, note it's not true. There are buses that can take you to playa as well & if you don't want to deal with buses & the natives you can take cabs anywhere.

 Hotels: it seems the vast majority of hotels in cancun are all-inclusive. The hyatt zlara does look real nice but as you need 25k And I value chase at least at 1.5 the cost would be around 350$. The westin has a good location as it is directly across from a really nice mall/plaza which you should definitely check out. We stayed at the JW and were extremely happy with our choice. I found AAA rates in cancun can really save you money and for JW it was 60$ cheaper a night. I got the room for 165$ a night with marriott brg as Expedia was offering a 4th night free which caused the 5 nights to be cheaper than reg rate of 270$. Marriott matched their rate & took an additional 25% knocking our rate down to 165$. I am Platinum level so we got auto-upgraded to deluxe ocean view room. This hotel doesn't have a club level or regular breakfast just restaurants so no extras on that end. They offered us a jr suite for 50$ more a night or a full suite for 90$ a night but the jr was only available on ground level by pool away with no ocean view & the suite was only available for some of the stay so we stuck with our room. The ground floor also smelled bad so I would advise not staying on that floor. We got a nightly turn down service which I think was because of our status but not sure. We also got free wifi as the wifi in lobby is free but in rooms it's at a cost. the room was really nice with an amazing view from the balcony.we were on the 11th floor so we had a great view of ocean and pool .The hotels in cun we thought were much closer to the ocean then in say Miami so we really enjoyed leaving the porch doors open and listening to the ocean at night. I was not a fan of the bathrooms as they are glass and not all of it is fogged out. The amenities in the room were a bit lacking as the screen was not hd & had little channels. Still we were able to get the NFL games. The mini bar could be turned in to a fridge by taking all drinks out but they just sent us 1 up free of charge. There was no coffee maker but each morning they sent us up hot water. The service of the hotel was exemplary and made up for any lacking amnesties. Where ever we went they greeted us by name & were prompt, cordial & looking to help. The pools & beach were great. The beach was cleaner than the ones next door belonging to hard rock & secrets. The pool was really nice and weaved around the whole property. There was a swim up bar that for some reason was closed & an adult only pool that was always empty. We were pleasantly surprised by how empty the hotel was especially for holiday weekend. There are a lot of hotels that offer more entertainment and the like but we enjoyed being able to to do our own thing. The spa also had a real nice pool. The 2 things lacking were hammocks & more hot tubs as they only had 2 & both weren't really hot. The one issue we had besides for our "shabbos sitch" was at check in. We arrived at 12:00 but didn't get a room till 4:00 which is official check in time. There was a big convention the day before and the pres. Of Mexico just left a few hrs before so I guess I can't hold it against them. I would gladly stay there again and after staying there I see why it's one of the top rated hotels on the strip even surpassing the ritz.

shabbos: I have dealt with many shabbos issues in hotels from fridge with 100+ bulbs (costa rica they removed them all) to 22 flights of  steps (sheraton Niagara) &vents that went on when you open the porch door. Obviously, consult your LOR, but I will share the issues we encountered and how we dealt with them. Our room was on the 11th floor so we figured we would just take the steps (if you use shabbos elevators its a lot easier:). The tissues are mostly attached so you might want to be mindful of that. We didn't realize we were going to eat in the room fri night so we weren't very prepared for dealing with lights. The simplest solution would of been to bring a small shabbos clock for the lamp or if you have a suite then you can keep light on in one room. We left the light on in closet but made sure to not close all the way as that turns it off/on. They sent us a hot plate for the food but as we didn't want to keep it on the whole shabbos  and didn't need it for shabbos day, we put the food on before shabbos and turned it off right before shabbos. It worked out great and the food was hot. Friday afternoon I went to check  out the steps and discovered that there was a sensor that triggered a light on each landing! that means we would need a non-jew to walk us down all 11 flights! The front desk was familiar with shabbos observance and they assured me the lights would be turned on,but due to the language barrier I suspected and confirmed right before shabbos that they weren't  understanding the light issue. i told the maintenance guy that if it couldn't be arranged they should send some one to walk us down 1:30pm on shabbos (i assured there would be a nice tip) Well, the message got garbled because at 1:30 fri night we got a call from the front desk!! We ended up just hanging in our room and as shabbos was over early it was enjoyable and not such a big deal. After shabbos I got like 50 emails from amex confirming sbs purchases :).If anyone wants to stay there for shabbos I think you should either stay on ground level (though it smelled bad from the pool) or contact the hotel well in advance to see if the lights can be arranged or at least a "walk-down"

Activities:
Most of the activities are sold as a package. Some are a good deal some are a ripoff. xcaret is the most heavily advertised,but its 100$ just to get into the park and every activity costs additional money. We met people that went there and they said it was a complete scam. The dolphin swim also is a fortune and they charge 100$ just for 1 picture!! We booked the jungle tour and BOB thru our hotel activity center using the aquaworld outfitters. They are a huge outfit and are located right next to kosher luxus which made for any easy walk for us. We got both for 110$ a person with the option of para sailing for another 30$. The jungle tour is very nice and has nothing to do with the jungle! You drive mini motor boats as a caravan of say 6 boats out to a reef in the lagoon area for snorkeling. The water there is stunning and the drive is very nice and fun. When we went it was too windy and choppy to enjoy the snorkeling and i was pissed at them for not being honest and upfront when we asked about the conditions. Thankfully i put it on my amex:). The little snorkeling we did do seemed nice but not the same amount of fish you see in Bahamas/or even the keys. The BOB (Breathing Observation Bubble) is extremely cool and highly recommend. Its easier if you just google it than for me to describe but it basically is an underwater cart that has a fish bowl bubble that you breathe into. This trip went out to the reef right across from the hyatt on the ocean side. We saw some cool fish as well as a sting ray and turtle. They took such an awesome underwater pic of us with a huge fish btwn us that we bought it for 25$ (23$ after the conversion). Be advised: We all got sea sick on the way back! You go down for 30min and then have an option to snorkel and no one took them up on the offer. The seasickness though fades as soon as you get on land so I would still recommend. The other issue is that your ears hurt when you ascend/descend and mine hurt for a good 10 min going down and felt funny for the rest of the day. Again, be mindful and decide for yourself if its for you. We did the fish spa where they nibble at the dead skin at your feet and would recommend doing the 15 min/15$ at aquaworld vs sitting in the plaza where they have tons of them for 25$/25min. It is no longer the season for the turtle release so we missed that. We did the explor fumo? (fire) which is their night package. It an was extremely awesome place. Definitely worth the money and again its easier to google than describe. The charge is 100$ to get in at night and 130$ during the day. We got a black friday discount (pretty cool they have that down in mexico as well) where we got transportation for free 9think its 30$ normally) The park is built thru an underground cavern with 4 main activities that run either in the caverns or above ground. swimming thru the caverns which was supper cool. the water wasnt too cold, but there were a few bats which might freak out some ppl. There is "rafting" (really just a nice paddle trip in the same caverns) which was also very nice. They have ATVing  which is basically a 3 mile track thru the jungle that was fun and very cool at night. The main attraction is the zipline course which was really cool. I did it in Costa Rica and this circuit was pretty comparable. The last one goes into water which if you dont want  to get wet you can skip. We chose the night one mainly so that we could still chill by the beach during the day. The park is near playa and if i would contemplate renting a car at all it would be to go to xplore so that you can stay for as long as you want and not be tied down to the buses (they picked us up at 3:30 and dropped us off at 12:30) It's also near the restaurant in Playa so that  might be a nice combo if you have a car.
The night xplore was lit up all along with torches and you even zip line thru a ring of fire so it was very cool and prob worth doing at night. They charge 79$ (76$ if you put on cc and pay in pesos) for a hard drive of all the pictures. As there are a lot of activities and its hard to take the pics they get we spent the money and got a nice set of pics.

All in all Cancun is an awesome place to go and worth while no matter your style of trip.

wow amazingly helpful!

one question was there minyanim? what about on shaboss is it walkable from the westin?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 03, 2014, 04:38:00 PM

Do you realize what you just did ;)?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on December 03, 2014, 04:41:54 PM
Just got back from cancun...
Great TR! Now you need to post pix.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on December 03, 2014, 04:55:58 PM
wow amazingly helpful!

one question was there minyanim? what about on shabos is it walkable from the westin?

The restaurant has minyanim depending on whos there that week. they told me their policy  is never to commit as its not in their hands. When I was there it sounded like there was about 15/20 ppl they were delivering to on the strip. The Westin is prob 45 min walk. google maps is very helpful for distances on the strip
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on December 03, 2014, 04:57:01 PM
Great TR! Now you need to post pix.

Glad you found it helpful. Pics are a royal pain to post here as it only allows 4 per post and it keeps telling me my file is too large..
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 03, 2014, 04:58:19 PM
Glad you found it helpful. Pics are a royal pain to post here as it only allows 4 per post and it keeps telling me my file is too large..

Try this way - http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=46084.0.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on December 03, 2014, 04:59:04 PM
Thanks for the report, pics?

will try to upload, but having issues
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on December 03, 2014, 04:59:44 PM
Try this way - http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=46084.0.
I was looking for that thread... :D
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on December 03, 2014, 05:00:09 PM
Try this way - http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=46084.0.
ok cool will do later
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 03, 2014, 05:04:28 PM
I was looking for that thread... :D

Yeh took a minute to find it, came up when I searched flickr.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on December 04, 2014, 01:34:08 AM
the resort:
from our room (https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7569/15754571040_4735f74e79_b.jpg)
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7504/15754570740_3a99148b8a_b.jpg)
(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8655/15941853775_b43b74653c_b.jpg)(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7567/15319584514_a969d1ecb7_b.jpg)
spa:(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8594/15319582774_a4e67a11ea_b.jpg)
fish spa:(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7497/15755815399_0a161cc2f2_b.jpg)
lobby:
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7490/15322213343_111c8171f7_b.jpg)
from the pool view of hotel:(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7490/15754564790_668d8c597a_b.jpg)
jungle tour:(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7508/15941847455_368e5f3a13_b.jpg)
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7480/15941845825_0ee85e641c_b.jpg)
the bob:(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7500/15754414548_3127805918_b.jpg)
xplore zipline into water:(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7579/15754560790_46cd83869d_b.jpg)
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7574/15916032086_24f351b7d4_b.jpg)
meals from chabad:(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8605/15939883461_77d622f94b_b.jpg)
where we went down in bob:(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7469/15754411028_69cbf40ecd_b.jpg)
jw from the lagoon:(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8670/15319572514_cdbf1c71ed_b.jpg)
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7536/15754558240_47fff2dfaa_b.jpg)
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7495/15319569214_7e506ac68f_b.jpg)
chabad food:(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8661/15756095327_861c31e353_b.jpg)
ingredients for chulent including meat from luxus:(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7534/15916024586_13eb510f05_b.jpg)
food stash:(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8625/15319566944_15fc43764b_b.jpg)
the room:(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7543/15319566834_5918a9793e_b.jpg)
(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8593/15754552270_cb9d74f2af_b.jpg)
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7565/15941171962_152edf9ecb_b.jpg)
grounds:(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7559/15322196503_310a9d920e_b.jpg)
(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8590/15322196383_e4cd0869a3_b.jpg)
food for shabbos from lxuus:(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8677/15916020106_3eea785c4c_b.jpg)
shabbos arriving:(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7547/15941168872_444d033149_b.jpg)
(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8630/15941167272_d7ebea1190_b.jpg)
shabbos table:(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8668/15754397998_3760bcb6be_b.jpg)
mexican inflight entertainment:(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7514/15916017396_ffdeb0cc3a_b.jpg)
at night:(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7494/15939868221_6277ece44f_b.jpg)
red heifer:(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7487/15916015926_a28ee75654_b.jpg)
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7551/15754543950_4bbb56a712_b.jpg)
held the wine well:(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8639/15754422268_1e8ed9d204_b.jpg)
winding pool:(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8655/15941853775_b43b74653c_b.jpg)
infiniti pool:(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8579/15319629254_2f3c14328c_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Yehoshua on December 04, 2014, 01:47:21 AM
Nice pictures! I'm glad you figured out how to post them.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on December 04, 2014, 01:50:55 AM
Nice pictures! I'm glad you figured out how to post them.
Thanks - I had some help :)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: MC on December 04, 2014, 01:57:05 AM
Awesome report and pics! Thank you for sharing!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on December 04, 2014, 02:26:44 AM
Thanks - I had some help :)

:) - Great pictures, though I think 1 picture you posted about 4x ;), next time you will be able to integrate your TR with your pics IYH.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: MC on December 04, 2014, 02:28:21 AM
I think 1 picture you posted about 4x ;)
I noticed that too ... At least it was a good picture   :D
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on December 04, 2014, 09:52:22 AM
Great TR Wonderlust, thanks!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on December 04, 2014, 10:01:05 AM
Great TR Wonderlust, thanks!
Blushing
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on December 04, 2014, 10:01:47 AM
:) - Great pictures, though I think 1 picture you posted about 4x ;), next time you will be able to integrate your TR with your pics IYH.
Lol yea I see now. Hopefully next time I will organize better.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on December 04, 2014, 10:25:44 AM
fish spa:(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7497/15755815399_0a161cc2f2_b.jpg)

Any chance this was at La Isla mall on Sat. night?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on December 04, 2014, 10:35:14 AM
Great TR! I was also just in Cancun for Thanksgiving Weekend and was planning to write a TR from a family perspective (went with kids). I typed up the report on my iPhone while on the plane and when I went to copy it to the forums it disappeared from my Notes  >:(
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on December 04, 2014, 10:52:31 AM
Any chance this was at La Isla mall on Sat. night?
Indeed It was. Where you on my sthwst flight as well? Where did you stay?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Cw3323 on December 04, 2014, 11:08:28 AM
As you did cancun and Costa Rica which one is a better choice and why 
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on December 04, 2014, 11:47:20 AM
Indeed It was. Where you on my sthwst flight as well? Where did you stay?

Ha. I walked by and noticed a frum couple. I was on the CUN-BWI flight but I left on Monday afternoon. I stayed at the Westin Lagunamar.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on December 04, 2014, 11:57:20 AM
Ha. I walked by and noticed a frum couple. I was on the CUN-BWI flight but I left on Monday afternoon. I stayed at the Westin Lagunamar.
We saw frum cpl there that was on our outbound flight so thought it might b u..
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: gtyossi on December 04, 2014, 03:18:49 PM
Is this to good to be true? How much would full insurance be on this reservation? I know how to drive a stick?

Mini (Generic Mini car or similar)
Manual transmission, Air-conditioning
Sun, Mar 8 to Thu Mar 12 2015 (4 days)

FREE with your car
Unlimited milesFree Cancellation
Pick up: Sun Mar 8 2015 – 12:00PM
E-Z Rent-A-Car
CUN (In Terminal)
Cancun International Airport
Cancun, QR, Mexico
Phone: +52 998 206 2372
Operating hours: Sun Open 24 Hours
Drop off: Thu Mar 12 2015 – 12:00PM
E-Z Rent-A-Car
CUN (In Terminal)
Cancun International Airport
Cancun, QR, Mexico
Phone: +52 998 206 2372
Operating hours: Sun Open 24 Hours

Rental Car Price
Per Day   Total   
Mini (Generic Mini car or similar)   $1.62   $6.48   
Taxes and Fees   $0.43   $1.69   
Rental Car Total   $2.05   $8.17
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: cooljoe613 on December 04, 2014, 04:03:30 PM
Ha. I walked by and noticed a frum couple. I was on the CUN-BWI flight but I left on Monday afternoon. I stayed at the Westin Lagunamar.

TR? HOW WAS THE WESTIN? CLOSE TO A SHUL?

HOW WAS THE FOOD? HASHGACHA?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: cooljoe613 on December 04, 2014, 04:04:35 PM
Do you realize what you just did ;)?
NO  ???
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ShlockDoc on December 04, 2014, 04:06:47 PM
Is this to good to be true? How much would full insurance be on this reservation? I know how to drive a stick?

Mini (Generic Mini car or similar)
Manual transmission, Air-conditioning
Sun, Mar 8 to Thu Mar 12 2015 (4 days)

FREE with your car
Unlimited milesFree Cancellation
Pick up: Sun Mar 8 2015 – 12:00PM
E-Z Rent-A-Car
CUN (In Terminal)
Cancun International Airport
Cancun, QR, Mexico
Phone: +52 998 206 2372
Operating hours: Sun Open 24 Hours
Drop off: Thu Mar 12 2015 – 12:00PM
E-Z Rent-A-Car
CUN (In Terminal)
Cancun International Airport
Cancun, QR, Mexico
Phone: +52 998 206 2372
Operating hours: Sun Open 24 Hours

Rental Car Price
Per Day   Total   
Mini (Generic Mini car or similar)   $1.62   $6.48   
Taxes and Fees   $0.43   $1.69   
Rental Car Total   $2.05   $8.17

Where are you seeing this?  I want to book it too!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: gtyossi on December 04, 2014, 04:33:53 PM
Where are you seeing this?  I want to book it too!

E-Z Rent-A-Car
Or just go to Kayak and search for cars. Alamo has $8 rentals. Anyone know how much full coverage is in case of accident.

It might be worth it to just rent car to get to and from airport and leave car parked in parking lot the whole time.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: gtyossi on December 04, 2014, 04:37:34 PM
I am going to Cancun in the beginning of March. I am looking to stay at either the Intercontinental Presidente or the Westin Lagunamar. Anyone recommend one over the other. Any info on location, size of rooms or nicer accommodations. I am using ultimate rewards points and they both are pricing around 16k a night.

Anyone have input on this?

Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on December 04, 2014, 04:38:37 PM
E-Z Rent-A-Car
Or just go to Kayak and search for cars. Alamo has $8 rentals. Anyone know how much full coverage is in case of accident.

It might be worth it to just rent car to get to and from airport and leave car parked in parking lot the whole time.

Not sure how much it is with these guys but with National Third Party Liability (which is the only required insurance) was $15/day. The car was covered under the credit card insurance.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on December 04, 2014, 06:33:32 PM
E-Z Rent-A-Car
Or just go to Kayak and search for cars. Alamo has $8 rentals. Anyone know how much full coverage is in case of accident.

It might be worth it to just rent car to get to and from airport and leave car parked in parking lot the whole time.

Friends just rented a car there & r fighting hundreds of dollars worth of made up damages & hidden fees. I would be very wary while renting in Mexico & take pics of car before you leave lot for proof against damage claims.. Also the cops r known to pull ppl over requesting bribes- but think 20$ should be enough for them..
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on December 04, 2014, 06:40:24 PM
As you did cancun and Costa Rica which one is a better choice and why
Hmm both are great but different type of trips. Cancun is EASY. Non stop flight & then 20min later your at your hotel & your done. Food options are a lot better than Costa rica. Cancuns beach is gorgeous. CR is more of a rugged, adventure type of trip. They have real jungles & a huge variety of adventure activities- much more than cun. It is a tiny country with so much variety that you can literally spend a month there without being bored or repetitive. Ultimately what type of trip you are looking for will decide which one makes more sense for you.

Ps even the beaches are hard to know which is nicer as cr has 4 different beach regions & each are different. They even have black sand beaches 
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on December 04, 2014, 08:52:14 PM
So there is:
-Chabad Cancun regular menu (pickup or delivery)
-Chabad Cancun yeshiva weeks menu (pickup or delivery)
-Kosher Luxus (Eat-in only?)
-Chabad Playa (pickup or delivery)
-Hotel770 (flag waiving bootleg chabad) (Eat-in only?)

I had no idea!

Hotel770 is not necessarily under supervision. I vaguely recall being told when I was there that there was a lot of back-and-forth on that one. Either way, though, they have a small grocery on site selling lots of kosher products.

There is also Menfis (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g150812-d6989791-Reviews-MENFIS-Playa_del_Carmen_Yucatan_Peninsula.html), under the supervision of the other Chabad house (Chaim, not Mendel). Israeli fast food chain, with like 5-6 branches throughout Israel, and one in... Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. Go figure. :P Food was delicious, though.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 04, 2014, 09:15:54 PM
Hotel770 is not necessarily under supervision. I vaguely recall being told when I was there that there was a lot of back-and-forth on that one. Either way, though, they have a small grocery on site selling lots of kosher products.

There is also Menfis (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g150812-d6989791-Reviews-MENFIS-Playa_del_Carmen_Yucatan_Peninsula.html), under the supervision of the other Chabad house (Chaim, not Mendel). Israeli fast food chain, with like 5-6 branches throughout Israel, and one in... Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. Go figure. :P Food was delicious, though.
Hotel770 is under Chaim's hashgocha.

Another place to eat? Feels like they're coming out of the woodwork.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on December 05, 2014, 04:15:17 AM
Hotel770 is under Chaim's hashgocha.

Another place to eat? Feels like they're coming out of the woodwork.

I remember there being some issue at the time, that Chaim told us not to go there. I guess they sorted it out. Or maybe... maybe the issue was that it was Friday, and they don't serve food on Fridays or something, so he advised us not to go for practical reasons. I better not start any rumors just in case. :P

And hey, you can never have too many places to eat. Especially since Menfis is open until like 5 AM, or some other wonderfully insane hour like that.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on December 05, 2014, 06:20:14 AM
Ha. I walked by and noticed a frum couple. I was on the CUN-BWI flight but I left on Monday afternoon. I stayed at the Westin Lagunamar.
Ha you are from balt or u traveled in from nyc? Do u have companion pass with sthwst?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on December 05, 2014, 06:24:56 AM
As you did cancun and Costa Rica which one is a better choice and why

Btw- noticed on my flight that 3/7/15 sthwst will start non stop flights from bwi-sjo.  8)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on December 05, 2014, 07:18:36 AM

Ha you are from balt or u traveled in from nyc? Do u have companion pass with sthwst?

I flew from ISP connecting in BWI.

My wife and I both have a CP with our two kids as companions.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yoss6400 on December 07, 2014, 11:40:57 PM
how can i fly from ny with avois?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: robbie on December 08, 2014, 12:04:45 AM
how can i fly from ny with avois?

10k each way
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: elikay on December 08, 2014, 01:40:02 AM
Rental places in Mexico will tack on outrageous insurance fees as well! do not believe what you see they tried charging me $30 extra at national. I went to Hertz where I also had a reservation and was able to bargain down to $15-20 IIRC
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on December 08, 2014, 10:42:30 AM
Rental places in Mexico will tack on outrageous insurance fees as well! do not believe what you see they tried charging me $30 extra at national. I went to Hertz where I also had a reservation and was able to bargain down to $15-20 IIRC

I just rented from National without any issue. I included the Third Party Liability which is $15/day when I booked the reservation online.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yoss6400 on December 08, 2014, 12:04:00 PM
10k each way

Thanks
i went on ba website and i didn't see and flights going from NY to cun how do i book?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on December 08, 2014, 12:45:55 PM
Thanks
i went on ba website and i didn't see and flights going from NY to cun how do i book?
Take a look at the avios thread. Probably need to book in pieces
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 08, 2014, 12:47:06 PM
Thanks
i went on ba website and i didn't see and flights going from NY to cun how do i book?

http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/32467
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/43916
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yoss6400 on December 08, 2014, 12:53:30 PM
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/32467
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/43916

Thanks
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yoss6400 on December 08, 2014, 02:51:02 PM
does it pay to travel with a 6 month old baby? which documents do i need for the baby?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on December 09, 2014, 08:53:27 AM
Data point : reviewing my charges in cun, Amex (plat) gave me an exchange rate of 14.95 while sapphire gave me 14 even- when I was there the rate acc to google was 13.93
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 09, 2014, 09:33:32 AM
Screenshot of charges on the same day from the different cards por favor.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on December 09, 2014, 06:48:25 PM
Data point : reviewing my charges in cun, Amex (plat) gave me an exchange rate of 14.95 while sapphire gave me 14 even- when I was there the rate acc to google was 13.93
I misread the statement: Amex actually gave me only 14.05 & 13.7 while chase gave me 14
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on December 09, 2014, 06:49:11 PM
Screenshot of charges on the same day from the different cards por favor.

Amex Statment
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on December 09, 2014, 06:50:09 PM
Screenshot of charges on the same day from the different cards por favor.

Amex charge on 11/28
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on December 09, 2014, 06:52:32 PM
Screenshot of charges on the same day from the different cards por favor.
Here's chase
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: youG on December 10, 2014, 11:40:02 AM
So can someone who's gone please lay out the pros and cons of staying in cancun vs riviera maya/Mayakoba?
Regarding Hotel properties,beaches, kosher food, and activities.

Thanks!
From what it looks like to me cancun is more like a strip of hotels on a beach and riviera maya is more nature and resort like with larger properties not nec direct on beach.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 10, 2014, 12:15:34 PM
Updated restaurant situation in Wiki.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on December 10, 2014, 12:41:27 PM
Updated restaurant situation in Wiki.
Shkoyach R Dan. has anyone eaten at Menfis or stayed/eaten at Hotel 770 in Playa?

From what it looks like to me cancun is more like a strip of hotels on a beach and riviera maya is more nature and resort like with larger properties not nec direct on beach.
I have never stayed in Riviera maya, but your assumption sounds right to me (based on my stay in CUN and friend's stay in RM).
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 10, 2014, 12:44:58 PM
Shkoyach R Dan. has anyone eaten at Menfis or stayed/eaten at Hotel 770 in Playa?
There is also Menfis (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g150812-d6989791-Reviews-MENFIS-Playa_del_Carmen_Yucatan_Peninsula.html), under the supervision of the other Chabad house (Chaim, not Mendel). Israeli fast food chain, with like 5-6 branches throughout Israel, and one in... Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. Go figure. :P Food was delicious, though.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: leahchana on December 11, 2014, 12:22:37 PM
Shkoyach R Dan. has anyone eaten at Menfis or stayed/eaten at Hotel 770 in Playa?
 I have never stayed in Riviera maya, but your assumption sounds right to me (based on my stay in CUN and friend's stay in RM).
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: leahchana on December 11, 2014, 12:24:34 PM
Going with family to Riviera Maya xmas week. Is the 770 Koshermarket certified and by whom? Many kosher products in Walmart or Sams? Thanks.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 11, 2014, 01:03:49 PM
Going with family to Riviera Maya xmas week. Is the 770 Koshermarket certified and by whom? Many kosher products in Walmart or Sams? Thanks.
See wiki.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: elikay on December 11, 2014, 01:54:12 PM
5 in Wiki is cutoff at the end of the address..
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 17, 2014, 11:49:42 AM
any stay at the ritz?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on December 17, 2014, 12:17:01 PM
any stay at the ritz?

Prime makes thier peysach program there
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 17, 2014, 12:20:12 PM
Prime makes thier peysach program there
thanks for the info.  but it doesnt really help me :D
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on December 17, 2014, 12:27:04 PM
thanks for the info.  but it doesnt really help me :D
Was saying there are a lot of ppl out there who have stayed there..
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 17, 2014, 12:29:34 PM
Was saying there are a lot of ppl out there who have stayed there..
no p.  i just hope some will chime in here...
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on December 17, 2014, 02:00:20 PM
Prime makes thier peysach program there
Prime doesnt make a cancun program, thats RAM (last year, and they werent full enough from my sources and thats why they arent doing it this year). Ritz in cancun is stunning, and probably the best place in the hotel area (though expensive). when i was there i heard from one of the workers there (at the chabad minyan) that Adam Sandler stayed there a few times with a bunch of people. 
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 25, 2014, 09:35:55 PM
do i need a passport to fly from nyc to cancun? or passport card or license is ok?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: VacationLover on December 25, 2014, 10:44:34 PM
do i need a passport to fly from nyc to cancun? or passport card or license is ok?
I think passport card should be fine D license not good
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: avrumy22 on December 25, 2014, 10:53:03 PM
Can someone pray tell me what a 'bootleg' chabad rabbi is???? (As per wiki)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: chff on December 25, 2014, 10:56:09 PM
I think passport card should be fine D license not good
Passport card only if you drive, flying requires a regular passport book
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: VacationLover on December 25, 2014, 10:58:35 PM
Passport card only if you drive, flying requires a regular passport book
That makes sense. But the question is who on DDF doesn't have a passport?    
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 25, 2014, 11:07:02 PM
That makes sense. But the question is who on DDF doesn't have a passport?
Someone that only joined ddf after having a child ( )
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: EliteMavin on December 25, 2014, 11:30:46 PM
I noticed that the "activities" portion of the wiki is bare... Can some previous travelers add to that, (even just the name and brief description)
Or respond here with a few recommended activities for a young couple...
TY!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dr Moose on December 26, 2014, 01:38:44 AM
I noticed that the "activities" portion of the wiki is bare... Can some previous travelers add to that, (even just the name and brief description)
Or respond here with a few recommended activities for a young couple...
TY!
or better yet, someone can "adopt the wiki"
http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=43837.0
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on December 26, 2014, 03:59:12 AM
I noticed that the "activities" portion of the wiki is bare... Can some previous travelers add to that, (even just the name and brief description)
Or respond here with a few recommended activities for a young couple...
TY!
U can read my tr  for further details but in Short I did the jungle tour ( motor boat & snorkel trip)
The Bob tour ( breathing observation bubble- which is a form of scuba tour just in a cart like contraption) and the xplore Fire/night park ( which-for lack of a better term-is a large amusement park with underwater caverns, atving in the jungle & zip line course.) all 3 r great and would recommend
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 26, 2014, 08:54:43 AM
Can someone pray tell me what a 'bootleg' chabad rabbi is???? (As per wiki)
Was not officially sent by Merkos.
Typically meshichist types who set up shop around the world on their own without approval from Chabad local or central HQ.

Though they can do good work. In Japan for years at least the only kosher restaurant was run by a bootleg shliach.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on December 26, 2014, 09:02:17 AM
Was not officially sent by Merkos.
Typically meshichist types who set up shop around the world on their own without approval from Chabad local or central HQ.

Though they can do good work. In Japan for years at least the only kosher restaurant was run by a bootleg shliach.
Is there some kind of list somewhere that we can see? Or does it not matter for any practical reason?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: avrumy22 on December 26, 2014, 09:04:08 AM
Was not officially sent by Merkos.
Typically meshichist types who set up shop around the world on their own without approval from Chabad local or central HQ.

Though they can do good work. In Japan for years at least the only kosher restaurant was run by a bootleg shliach.

Interesting. Thanks!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on December 26, 2014, 09:10:15 AM
Is there some kind of list somewhere that we can see? Or does it not matter for any practical reason?
Personally it doesn't matter to me as long as the person is reliable. And the official shliach to CUN told me that he is, so that works for me.

List of official shluchim is on chabad.org.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on December 26, 2014, 09:17:31 AM
Personally it doesn't matter to me as long as the person is reliable. And the official shliach to CUN told me that he is, so that works for me.

List of official shluchim is on chabad.org.
Thanks, that is very interesting
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: EliteMavin on December 27, 2014, 06:10:38 PM
U can read my tr  for further details but in Short I did the jungle tour ( motor boat & snorkel trip)
The Bob tour ( breathing observation bubble- which is a form of scuba tour just in a cart like contraption) and the xplore Fire/night park ( which-for lack of a better term-is a large amusement park with underwater caverns, atving in the jungle & zip line course.) all 3 r great and would recommend
Thank you!
Please consider adding it (briefly, at least) to the wiki...
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on December 28, 2014, 01:16:52 PM
Thank you!
Please consider adding it (briefly, at least) to the wiki...
Don't think I did a great job but added it.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: dovid2880 on December 29, 2014, 12:05:01 PM
Anybody have a number for a taxi/driver in Cancun? Have a few pick ups to schedule in the next week. Thanks
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: stmark on December 29, 2014, 04:59:32 PM
Has anyone stayed here?
http://www.puremareazul.com/#!home/c1o5d
Any info on Shabbos access?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Reuven E on December 29, 2014, 11:11:39 PM
My wife and I are looking into going to Cancun on our mid-winter vacation. When I mention our plans to family and friends, they have the same reaction of "why would you go to a lawless country"? Is there a serious crime issue there? Are there gangsters and drug lords running the place?
Title: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on December 29, 2014, 11:12:29 PM
My wife and I are looking into going to Cancun on our mid-winter vacation. When I mention our plans to family and friends, they have the same reaction of "why would you go to a lawless country"? Is there a serious crime issue there? Are there gangsters and drug lords running the place?

Cancun is fine. Was just there... No gangsters
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on December 29, 2014, 11:43:37 PM
My wife and I are looking into going to Cancun on our mid-winter vacation. When I mention our plans to family and friends, they have the same reaction of "why would you go to a lawless country"? Is there a serious crime issue there? Are there gangsters and drug lords running the place?

Totally- but you can rent a tank at hertz using Chabad corprate code so you'll be alright
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: cholent on December 30, 2014, 12:25:14 AM
Totally- but you can rent a tank at hertz using Chabad corprate code so you'll be alright

LOL
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Reuven E on December 31, 2014, 09:33:58 AM
Thanks
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 01, 2015, 12:00:16 AM
Dag Dag reopens 01/07 with a new menu.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: gsquared on January 01, 2015, 11:54:44 AM
Any ideas for inexpensive day trips and activities in and around PDC.  We have a car and a couple of older teens. Looking to spend under $50/person.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 01, 2015, 12:21:34 PM
Cenotes?
Mayan Ruins?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: gsquared on January 01, 2015, 12:23:53 PM
sounds good. Which ones?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on January 01, 2015, 12:43:22 PM
Xcaret was nice but is more than your budget. Did you take a day trip to Cozumel? Snorkeling boats there are not expensive.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 01, 2015, 09:19:36 PM
Dag Dag reopens 01/07 with a new menu.
Happy to hear, the couple that run the place are really sweet, and its a very pleasant place. Still i suggest you try to order in advance before you go, as prep time can be long (unless the new menu will be simpler?)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: JamesIV on January 01, 2015, 09:22:36 PM
You need cash in this place. Every ATM in Cancun charges like $7
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ShlockDoc on January 01, 2015, 10:17:49 PM
You need cash in this place. Every ATM in Cancun charges like $7

What's a good way to get cash out cheaply there?  Is there a money changing place you'd recommend?  Did you find that you used a lot of cash during your stay?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 01, 2015, 10:32:56 PM
What's a good way to get cash out cheaply there?  Is there a money changing place you'd recommend?  Did you find that you used a lot of cash during your stay?
There is a bank Santandar right near the Chabad (and dag dag) that i used with my CitiGold checking account, and iirc there was a really small $2 fee per transaction. Of course if you sign up for a Santandar account with the free money each month, i would think you would be able to take out for free.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: gsquared on January 02, 2015, 10:12:55 AM
Xcaret was nice but is more than your budget. Did you take a day trip to Cozumel? Snorkeling boats there are not expensive.

was Xcaret nice enough to go over budget for?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: gsquared on January 02, 2015, 10:13:36 AM
What's a good way to get cash out cheaply there?  Is there a money changing place you'd recommend?  Did you find that you used a lot of cash during your stay?

how about changing cash at the airport?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: EliteMavin on January 02, 2015, 02:00:14 PM
You need cash in this place. Every ATM in Cancun charges like $7
What about credit card... Do these places not take CC?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: EliteMavin on January 04, 2015, 10:47:26 AM
What about credit card... Do these places not take CC?
bump
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 04, 2015, 06:56:37 PM

bump
most stores I went to took cc. Lived at Haagen Dazs (if u are ok with relying on the hechsher on cartons and a clean spoon) on my sapphire.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: JamesIV on January 04, 2015, 11:46:15 PM
Most places take cc. You just need cash handy for cabs etc, really annoying to realize your almost out gotta go get more cash for $7...
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: tziporaht on January 07, 2015, 02:32:32 PM
Hi
We have a time share in Hotel casa maya in cancun! We have been going for years, never had any problems as far as safety. We love it.
Not sure why someone had a cheese issue-you can't bring in meat. Poultry and dairy is fine.

Anyone know of any other minyan besides the westin and the kosherlexus? My husband would love to have someplace to daven for shabbos and we are about a 15 minute drive to kosherluxus, on the other end of the hotel strip.

We will be in cancun shabbos January 24th.
Any leads appreciated!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 07, 2015, 10:39:44 PM
Hi
We have a time share in Hotel casa maya in cancun! We have been going for years, never had any problems as far as safety. We love it.
Not sure why someone had a cheese issue-you can't bring in meat. Poultry and dairy is fine.

Anyone know of any other minyan besides the westin and the kosherlexus? My husband would love to have someplace to daven for shabbos and we are about a 15 minute drive to kosherluxus, on the other end of the hotel strip.

We will be in cancun shabbos January 24th.
Any leads appreciated!
u never met the chabad rabbi? they have shabbos minyanim usually during winter break, see here: http://www.jewishcancun.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/503758/jewish/Synagogue.htm
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: tziporaht on January 07, 2015, 11:43:02 PM
Yes, we speak to him almost every year to find out what's new. I see on the map across the road from chabad is a Casa Maya Playa. That's not us. We are Hotel Casa Maya-about two and a half miles down the road.
Never even knew there was another Casa Maya till I just looked at the chabad map now!
Thanks though !
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: moe3615 on January 10, 2015, 09:39:05 PM
My wife and I are landing in Cancun this Motzei Shabbos at 11pm. We're booked at Hyatt Zilara from Sunday-Thursday w/ points but we didn't book for Motzei Shabbos because it seemed like a waste of 25k pts since we're landing so late. Does anyone know of a decent $100-$150 a night hotel within walking distance to the Hyatt where we can spend the night and then walk to the Hyatt Sunday to check in?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: fruppy10 on January 11, 2015, 09:28:35 PM
Heading to Cancun from Feb 1 -5 with a 3 & 5 year olds. Staying at the Westin Laguinia. Anybody else with kids heading there too?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: stmark on January 12, 2015, 09:10:29 AM
When flying into Cancun what is the best option to get to Playa del Carmen, book cab in advance, get a cab at the airport, shuttle with others?
TIA
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: MDU on January 12, 2015, 12:56:09 PM
Staying at the Westin Lagunamar this Sun (Jan 18th) thru Thurs.
1st of all has anyone had any success confirming a nice room (nice location/view if not upgrade) in advance? If yes, how/with whom?
Also my flight is Thurs evening and it sounds like the 10am checkout is not very flexible... if I reserve thurs night (5th night free!) will I have any issues checking out thurs evening?
Thanks
Title: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 12, 2015, 01:53:59 PM
Staying at the Westin Lagunamar this Sun (Jan 18th) thru Thurs.
1st of all has anyone had any success confirming a nice room (nice location/view if not upgrade) in advance? If yes, how/with whom?
Also my flight is Thurs evening and it sounds like the 10am checkout is not very flexible... if I reserve thurs night (5th night free!) will I have any issues checking out thurs evening?
Thanks
views at lagunamar generally arent true oceanfront, more oceanview, and note that the rooms closest to the beach/water sometimes have obstructed views esp on lower floors due to trees. All the rooms are identical, so really all u should consider is location. We preferred rooms on the right side (facing ocean) because there is a quieter pool there and the minyan meets by that pool. But that is further from general reception, the mini market, kids club and fitness center (though closer to spa).
Can't see how u would have issue with leaving early. Just leave and do auto checkout with app or whatever.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on January 12, 2015, 05:19:22 PM
Staying at the Westin Lagunamar this Sun (Jan 18th) thru Thurs.
1st of all has anyone had any success confirming a nice room (nice location/view if not upgrade) in advance? If yes, how/with whom?
Also my flight is Thurs evening and it sounds like the 10am checkout is not very flexible... if I reserve thurs night (5th night free!) will I have any issues checking out thurs evening?
Thanks

I was also there for 4 nights and booked the 5th night free to avoid having to deal with the early checkout. When I checked out the lady just said "you know you are leaving a day early" and that was it. Also got the extra night of credit towards the nights in case you are trying for status.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on January 12, 2015, 05:24:36 PM
views at lagunamar generally arent true oceanfront, more oceanview, and note that the rooms closest to the beach/water sometimes have obstructed views esp on lower floors due to trees. All the rooms are identical, so really all u should consider is location. We preferred rooms on the right side (facing ocean) because there is a quieter pool there and the minyan meets by that pool. But that is further from general reception, the mini market, kids club and fitness center (though closer to spa).

I also got a room closer to the smaller pool in building 1300 (Link to Resort Map (https://www.mystarcentral.com/CMS/en_US/svo_media/CMSMedia/PDF/resort_maps/wlor_resort_map.pdf)) which was okay because it didn't face the pool so was more private. All the other building face the pools. The thing that I wasn't happy with in that building is that it faces the next door building and you can hear their cooling towers (HVAC).

If you are booking with points I feel like they stick you in the least desirable building which in my opinion would be 1300.

 
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: tdb on January 12, 2015, 07:30:29 PM
views at lagunamar generally arent true oceanfront, more oceanview, and note that the rooms closest to the beach/water sometimes have obstructed views esp on lower floors due to trees. All the rooms are identical, so really all u should consider is location. We preferred rooms on the right side (facing ocean) because there is a quieter pool there and the minyan meets by that pool. But that is further from general reception, the mini market, kids club and fitness center (though closer to spa).
Can't see how u would have issue with leaving early. Just leave and do auto checkout with app or whatever.

we will be there form the 17th  through the 22. where exactly does the minyan take place and what time
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 12, 2015, 07:50:05 PM

we will be there form the 17th  through the 22. where exactly does the minyan take place and what time
  when I was there a couple years ago right hand gazebo by the small pool (right side of resort facing ocean) iirc was an early minyan like 7ish (maybe was 730/45) and then close to shkiah mincha maariv (anshlussen). Ask the Chabad rabbi if he has info, back when I went he was trying to arrange so there would be a room for a minyan but we didn't get it, perhaps location may change.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: moe3615 on January 14, 2015, 10:47:03 PM
Trying to book 1 night at the Lagunamar for 10k pts but as of right now I only have 2200. Any suggestions on how to get the missing 7800 pts? I have a bunch of Chase points and Barclay points and as far as I know there's no way to transfer those into spg. Can someone with the spg points book the room for me?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: MDU on January 14, 2015, 11:49:06 PM
Will be in Cancun next week... what is expected in terms of tipping for cabs, tour guides, etc.?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 15, 2015, 10:55:51 AM
Anyone have any trip reports of Mayan ruins or Cenotes?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on January 15, 2015, 11:02:49 AM
Trying to book 1 night at the Lagunamar for 10k pts but as of right now I only have 2200. Any suggestions on how to get the missing 7800 pts? I have a bunch of Chase points and Barclay points and as far as I know there's no way to transfer those into spg. Can someone with the spg points book the room for me?
Go with 11500 points for the 1 bedroom suite
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: moe3615 on January 15, 2015, 02:43:54 PM
But how do I get the spg pts? Buying the missing points seems like a huge ripoff.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: JamesIV on January 15, 2015, 07:02:04 PM
There are a bunch of small cenotes on the side of the highway between Playa and Tulum. You pay like 50 pesos to go in.
I spent an afternoon in one if them, really cool. It's like a lagoon you can jump in from 20ft, snorkel, dip your feet in and the fish nibble on them. Cool experience and doesn't cost much like the bigger theme parks..
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: moe3615 on January 18, 2015, 01:14:26 AM
Anyone know cheapest way to make local calls here? Want to call local restaurants but hotel charges $10 a local call and gd knows what Verizon charges on roaming...?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: emineh17 on January 18, 2015, 01:15:15 AM
Anyone know cheapest way to make local calls here? Want to call local restaurants but hotel charges $10 a local call and gd knows what Verizon charges on roaming...?
If u have WiFi u can use Google hangouts or skype
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: youG on January 18, 2015, 02:04:49 AM
Anyone know cheapest way to make local calls here? Want to call local restaurants but hotel charges $10 a local call and gd knows what Verizon charges on roaming...?
for about $10 more a month you can add to your verizon plan 1000 minutes global roaming in Mexico and Canada
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: moe3615 on January 18, 2015, 03:39:18 PM
Anyone have any tips on kosher eating at the all inclusive Hyatt? Other than fruit and veges, anything else that people who've already stayed here know is kosher?

Also, anyone know what the deal is with drinks? Would a non alcoholic daiquiri or coolata be ok?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ML1219 on January 22, 2015, 12:42:59 AM
Is the Westin Lagunamar at all walkable to the Chabad?

Google maps indicates no, but reading TA reviews of the Chabad food, one of the reviewers who was clearly staying at the Westin and gave off the impression (sorry for stereotyping) that he is a frum jew indicated he ate shabbas meals there

Referring to the reviewer below Michael T.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g150807-d6025551-r195141820-Kosher_Cancun-Cancun_Yucatan_Peninsula.html#REVIEWS
Title: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 22, 2015, 12:58:40 AM
Is the Westin Lagunamar at all walkable to the Chabad?

Referring to the reviewer below Michael T.
that's me! I know several peeps who hoofed it Friday night, though if u have a baby you would have hotzah issues on shabbos. It looked like about 45 minute walk, not crazy (and mostly up a straight road past hotels, check it out on Google maps). Just watch out for the cocodrillos on the way :)

I happened to switch to the aloft for shabbos because I wanted to be close with my 5 year old so no issues (that's like 6 minutes away) but very much regretted it, the lagunamar is much better and worth the walk. But confirm with rabbi whether there may be a minyan at lagunamar for shabbos, sometimes (I'm told) they get a Torah and do it there...
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ML1219 on January 22, 2015, 01:03:54 AM
that's me! I know several peeps who hoofed it Friday night, though if u have a baby you would have hotzah issues on shabbos. It looked like about 45 minute walk, not crazy (and mostly up a straight road past hotels, check it out on Google maps). Just watch out for the cocodrillos on the way :)

I happened to switch to the aloft for shabbos because I wanted to be close with my 5 year old so no issues (that's like 6 minutes away) but very much regretted it, the lagunamar is much better and worth the walk. But confirm with rabbi whether there may be a minyan at lagunamar for shabbos, sometimes (I'm told) they get a Torah and do it there...

Thanks, i think I figured out the issue - for some reason when I was searching Google maps for the Westin, it originally had it in the completely wrong location, adjacent to the JW. Won't be with kids so 45 minutes should be manageable as long as the Chabad will be open
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: youG on January 22, 2015, 05:36:49 PM
can someone please recommend a private cab service they used from the airport? there are tons,
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: netzaper on January 23, 2015, 10:09:13 AM
can someone please recommend a private cab service they used from the airport? there are tons,

I used USA Transfers (book online at http://www.usa-transfers.com/ but pay at pick up) $55 round trip plus tips. nothing fancy but very reliable and decent priced.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: youG on January 23, 2015, 10:48:40 AM
I used USA Transfers (book online at http://www.usa-transfers.com/ but pay at pick up) $55 round trip plus tips. nothing fancy but very reliable and decent priced.
Thank you.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on January 23, 2015, 11:02:13 AM
Is the Westin Lagunamar at all walkable to the Chabad?

Google maps indicates no, but reading TA reviews of the Chabad food, one of the reviewers who was clearly staying at the Westin and gave off the impression (sorry for stereotyping) that he is a frum jew indicated he ate shabbas meals there

Referring to the reviewer below Michael T.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g150807-d6025551-r195141820-Kosher_Cancun-Cancun_Yucatan_Peninsula.html#REVIEWS

No offense to "Kosher Cancun", but pages of fake reviews are reasons why nobody trusts Trip Advisor
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 23, 2015, 11:23:14 AM

No offense to "Kosher Cancun", but pages of fake reviews are reasons why nobody trusts Trip Advisor
u think my review is fake? Just because a place gets lots of good reviews doesn't mean they are fake, just check to see the people who reviewed the places history and the actual content of the reviews. I went ahead and read through some of these and hey all seem clearly genuine, not just oh the food is great, but with background and explanation. While this kind of thing clearly happens (see some jewish listings on amazon for example), here it's just that the lady reminds everyone after the trip to try to give a review, so peeps who are so grateful do. Also, it may be that due to the great location, peeps are always more upbeat in their reviews because of the positive memories of cancun. Finally, there are hotels where they actually give u money off/a free night after u give a good rating (got a free night at the Alexander in miami once after I wrote a good review), but I can assure Chabad never did that for me.
Truth is I probably would have only given 4.5 stars if I could, but options were just 4 or 5.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ML1219 on January 24, 2015, 06:40:49 PM
No offense to "Kosher Cancun", but pages of fake reviews are reasons why nobody trusts Trip Advisor

Fair point, but I felt confident enough that Chabad wasn't writing fake reviews touting their service to at least follow up about it on this forum, considering I knew that there were posters here who have stayed at the Lagunamar and can give me a definitive answer (and indeed one of those posters was the person who wrote the comment!)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on January 24, 2015, 11:09:31 PM
So there is:
-Chabad Cancun regular menu (pickup or delivery)
-Chabad Cancun yeshiva weeks menu (pickup or delivery)
-Kosher Luxus (Eat-in only?)
-Chabad Playa (pickup or delivery)
-Hotel770 (flag waiving bootleg chabad) (Eat-in only?)

I had no idea!
So Chabad Playa and Hotel770 are 2 separate places ?
both run by the same bootleg Chabad ?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 24, 2015, 11:31:37 PM
Read the Wiki
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on January 25, 2015, 10:42:23 AM
Dan can we expect a tr from you anytime soon?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on January 25, 2015, 10:48:06 AM
u think my review is fake? Just because a place gets lots of good reviews doesn't mean they are fake, just check to see the people who reviewed the places history and the actual content of the reviews. I went ahead and read through some of these and hey all seem clearly genuine, not just oh the food is great, but with background and explanation. While this kind of thing clearly happens (see some jewish listings on amazon for example), here it's just that the lady reminds everyone after the trip to try to give a review, so peeps who are so grateful do. Also, it may be that due to the great location, peeps are always more upbeat in their reviews because of the positive memories of cancun. Finally, there are hotels where they actually give u money off/a free night after u give a good rating (got a free night at the Alexander in miami once after I wrote a good review), but I can assure Chabad never did that for me.
Truth is I probably would have only given 4.5 stars if I could, but options were just 4 or 5.



Didn't say yours was fake, but pages of reviews from first time contributors is generally a red flag

For a few dollars you can hire someone to do it (pretty professionally)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 25, 2015, 11:28:15 AM
Thinking of going to kosher luxus and then go down to mayakoba.
Anything worth doing in CUN with kids before going down?

Any Sunday markets or something?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: MDU on January 25, 2015, 12:19:51 PM
Just got back from 1/2 + 3 + 1/2 days in Cancun. Here's a mini TR:
-Flew Southwest Sun morning from Islip with stopover in BWI (under 20k miles rt for both of us... gotta love the companion pass!)
 (Parked right near the airport in Clarion hotel for like $7 a day- very quick shuttles both ways)
-Used Canada Transfers (booked and paid $53 in advance for rt) for private transportation both ways from airport to Westin Lagunamar.
 Very smooth, no waiting, had cold towels and water for us.
-Used 40k spg pts for a studio suite at the westin. We were checking out thurs. afternoon but used the fifth night free promo so we could use our
 room past 10am. Pretty nice hotel with nice beach. Not crowded at all despite 100% capacity.
-Had Chabad deliver meals Sun evening so we could eat in after traveling. Not bad.
-Checked out La Isla Mall across the street... nice cute place to walk around.
-Mon. relaxed and went for early dinner at Kosher&Luxus. Make reservation or they will kvetch.
 Very nice place... go early and sit outside for sunset over the water.
 Took the bus there but walked back. Very pleasant stroll (like 25 mins.)
-Tues.- We wanted to cram all activities into one day so we could relax the rest of the time, so we booked a private tour.
 We wanted to do Selvatica (highest rated zip lining in the area) and check out Mayan ruins, and the only company that offered that combo 
 was Alma's LDS tours (officially mormon but did not affect tour at all) Very good rating on Trip Advisor.   
 The picked us up at 7:30 and took us to Selvatica where we did zip lining. Absolutely amazing... tons of fun! Felt very safe and professional.
 Also at Selvatica they bring you to a cenote where you can jump or zip line into the water. A real refreshing blast!
 The tour continued by taking us to Coba. We chose Coba over Chichen Itza and Tulum (the two other famous sites) since those seemed more 
 touristy and limited (you can't get into or on any ruins) while at Coba you can still climb the massive pyramid. The site is also very large and spread
 out throughout the jungle so we got bikes to ride around with our guide.
 Truly spectacular.
-In evening we went out to Dag Dag. Decent food with a very lively homey atmosphere.
 Strolled back to Westin (like 45 mins)
-Wed. relaxed and rented a jetski from a guy who had a few on the beach (not affiliated with the hotel).
 Went back to Kosher&Luxus for dinner.
-Thurs afternoon flew back home

 
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on January 25, 2015, 01:01:59 PM
Thinking of going to kosher luxus and then go down to mayakoba.
Anything worth doing in CUN with kids before going down?

Any Sunday markets or something?
my kids loved the dolphin show in the aquarium right across from Westin lagunamar.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 25, 2015, 01:05:57 PM
my kids loved the dolphin show in the aquarium right across from Westin lagunamar.
this is in the la isla mall, u can get discount from your front desk wherever u stay, kids liked it too though it was a bit amateury. once you are in that mall, u can buy kosher Kahlua bottles cheap at some of the stores there (i think they had a special 2-$20 which is better than duty free at $13). also have a nice haagen dazs in that mall u can ask and they will gladly show u the hashgachas (cholov stam) on each tub of ice cream and use a clean scooper.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: youG on January 25, 2015, 07:34:28 PM
Just arrived and had no trouble at the airport with food. I had a suitcase if pomegranate meals and they didn't check us or bags
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 25, 2015, 09:44:32 PM
Just arrived and had no trouble at the airport with food. I had a suitcase if pomegranate meals and they didn't check us or bags
It's random.
They checked us and took away cream cheese, but let through cottage cheese, string cheese, and yogurt.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 25, 2015, 09:45:44 PM
Already had to pay my first bribe today to a cop. Fun fun.

Ordered a lot at Kosher Luxus and everything ranged from 1/10 to 6/10 if I'm being generous.
Am I missing something?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 25, 2015, 11:05:50 PM
Already had to pay my first bribe today to a cop. Fun fun.

Ordered a lot at Kosher Luxus and everything ranged from 1/10 to 6/10 if I'm being generous.
Am I missing something?
Nope, i tried to warn peeps that it didnt seem worth it (very israeli-style for high price) and chabad is yummy... Just enjoy the weather etc.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 25, 2015, 11:09:26 PM
Nope, i tried to warn peeps that it didnt seem worth it (very israeli-style for high price) and chabad is yummy... Just enjoy the weather etc.
Yup, the mexican menu seems exciting, but they don't make anything better than mediocre IMHO.
Que pena.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on January 25, 2015, 11:21:09 PM
Thinking of going to kosher luxus and then go down to mayakoba.
Anything worth doing in CUN with kids before going down?

Any Sunday markets or something?
Where are you staying at Mayakoba ?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on January 25, 2015, 11:25:53 PM
It's random.
They checked us and took away cream cheese, but let through cottage cheese, string cheese, and yogurt.

they saw my penne ala vodka or something like that & made an issue but let it go after I said its kosher. weird
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on January 26, 2015, 12:08:24 AM
Already had to pay my first bribe today to a cop. Fun fun.

Ordered a lot at Kosher Luxus and everything ranged from 1/10 to 6/10 if I'm being generous.
Am I missing something?
Thought food was very good and had some friends go that raved about it-guess each thier own..did you at least like the cocktails ?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on January 26, 2015, 06:31:26 AM
Already had to pay my first bribe today to a cop. Fun fun.

Ordered a lot at Kosher Luxus and everything ranged from 1/10 to 6/10 if I'm being generous.
Am I missing something?

I liked their steak, and the pasta with ground meat.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on January 26, 2015, 06:32:20 AM
Where are you staying at Mayakoba ?

My money is on the Fairmont Mayakoba, since that's where Dan's isn't. >:D
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on January 26, 2015, 07:14:27 AM
My money is on the Fairmont Mayakoba, since that's where Dan's isn't. >:D
I'll be there tonight (if my flight gets out).
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 26, 2015, 08:43:35 AM
Thought food was very good and had some friends go that raved about it-guess each thier own..did you at least like the cocktails ?
Cocktails while driving in Mexico don't really mix. At least not at lunchtime.
Which are good?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 26, 2015, 08:46:22 AM
I liked their steak, and the pasta with ground meat.
We had a bunch of mexican stuff and Rafi has shnitzel.
Nothing was great.  Most of it was decent.

Guacamole tasted like the packaged stuff from Costco. None of the the dips were good at all.

Got a BBQ burger to go. No idea what made it BBQ, had no sauce on it at all. Just a plain patty.

Guess I should have asked beforehand.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on January 26, 2015, 08:49:23 AM
How's the weather? Is it really warm and sunny somewhere in the world?

           
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 26, 2015, 08:51:29 AM
How's the weather? Is it really warm and sunny somewhere in the world?
Stunning. Best of all that doesn't require a bribe :P

If you rent a car folks don't speed. Not even 1km over the limit.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on January 26, 2015, 08:53:51 AM
Stunning. Best of all that doesn't require a bribe :P

If you rent a car folks don't speed. Not even 1km over the limit.

How did you know to bribe? Did he hint?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on January 26, 2015, 09:19:54 AM
Cocktails while driving in Mexico don't really mix. At least not at lunchtime.
Which are good?
I thought sob & Miami vice were really good. Sangria was interesting as well..
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on January 26, 2015, 09:21:19 AM
Cocktails while driving in Mexico don't really mix. At least not at lunchtime.
Which are good?
Drinking and driving is a Mexican pastime  ;D
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: netzaper on January 26, 2015, 09:34:22 AM
It's random.
They checked us and took away cream cheese, but let through cottage cheese, string cheese, and yogurt.

It not random. I got the green light, then as I'm walking out they stopped us and asked to open all suitcases to check for "kosher food"!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: aacracksam on January 26, 2015, 09:44:25 AM
We had a bunch of mexican stuff and Rafi has shnitzel.
Nothing was great.  Most of it was decent.

Guacamole tasted like the packaged stuff from Costco. None of the the dips were good at all.

Got a BBQ burger to go. No idea what made it BBQ, had no sauce on it at all. Just a plain patty.

Guess I should have asked beforehand.
whats the address for the kosher and luxus?
I tried finding them last night and the address they had was closed down...
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on January 26, 2015, 09:55:16 AM
Stunning. Best of all that doesn't require a bribe :P

If you rent a car folks don't speed. Not even 1km over the limit.

Why would you need a car there with the buses being so cheap & easy to take? I rented a car for $4 a day when I was there & I regretted it. Was parked the entire time. Was a waste of a rental.. Buses were awesome to take
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 26, 2015, 10:05:48 AM
Because I'm not staying in CUN and even if I was I wouldn't stay there the whole time.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on January 26, 2015, 11:16:41 AM
Does the $20 (or $100) trick work in Cancun specifically the Fairmont ?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: youG on January 26, 2015, 11:18:33 AM
Anyone know status of milk at hotels with coffee or cereal? Is it reg milk and like cholov Stam?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: JoeCha on January 26, 2015, 11:20:36 AM
Anyone stayed at the Fairmont Mayakoba Riviera Maya?
I'm considering using my Fairmont free night certs there.

Would appreciate any feedback.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: gsquared on January 26, 2015, 11:55:51 AM
Dan where were you when the cops stopped you. We rented a car and drove everyday and no problem. 

For us it was such a treat to eat out everyday.  The food was great . Ate at the Red Heifer/Luxos.  Eating on the water was wonderful. Ate twice at Menfis in Playa Del Carmen and that was great too. Ate at 770 and Chabad in PDC and that was fine.  Spent the day in Cozumel, rented a car and drove around the Island. Ate at the Chabad and they told us about a guy who makes the best Mojitos in a little stand on the beach. He has a chabad flag(a little torn up). The mojitos are kosher and fantastic. There is also a Cafe Rimon in Coz which was great. There is another kosher restaurant there too. I think its called Jerusalem but we didnt eat there.  Went to Dag Dag and Chabad of Cancun to eat but they were both closed when we got there(3pm?). 
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Club2000 on January 27, 2015, 12:09:04 AM

for about $10 more a month you can add to your verizon plan 1000 minutes global roaming in Mexico and Canada

Same with Att
With viva mexico plan
But if you have a grand fathers plan, you gona loose that
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Club2000 on January 27, 2015, 12:17:35 AM

Thinking of going to kosher luxus and then go down to mayakoba.
Anything worth doing in CUN with kids before going down?

Any Sunday markets or something?

Wet and wild in Cancun great for kids
You can get 50% off online by pre book
Need to print and show the cc u paid with
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Club2000 on January 27, 2015, 12:23:14 AM

Yup, the mexican menu seems exciting, but they don't make anything better than mediocre IMHO.
Que pena.

Very cheap food and high price

Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: aacracksam on January 27, 2015, 07:36:55 PM
where can i find bread near the hotels?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 27, 2015, 08:53:22 PM
where can i find bread near the hotels?
read the wiki, can take a cab or if u are adventurous a busride to the Sams Club about 10 minutes away, they have great New York Deli and Bagel bread.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: gtyossi on January 28, 2015, 01:56:51 PM
read the wiki, can take a cab or if u are adventurous a busride to the Sams Club about 10 minutes away, they have great New York Deli and Bagel bread.
link to the wiki?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 28, 2015, 03:55:31 PM
link to the wiki?
look at the top of the page (or search page for topic wiki) u will see a plus sign, click on it, lots of basic info there.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 28, 2015, 03:57:53 PM
Because I'm not staying in CUN and even if I was I wouldn't stay there the whole time.
Dan, I assume you are having a great time down there, but could u do us a favor and hold off on putting up a TR on the main page and just give us a heads up first? Hoping to book on points for next year for flights and hotel (flights not available yet) and want to get in before the mad rush when all the jews realize that Miami may not be the best place for winter vaca...
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Club2000 on January 28, 2015, 08:37:48 PM

Dan, I assume you are having a great time down there, but could u do us a favor and hold off on putting up a TR on the main page and just give us a heads up first? Hoping to book on points for next year for flights and hotel (flights not available yet) and want to get in before the mad rush when all the jews realize that Miami may not be the best place for winter vaca...


I thinks it's maybe to late the big wave arrived

Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mikeoracle on January 28, 2015, 09:01:14 PM
+100, we're not even at an SPG property and there were at least 3 other frum couples here.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on January 30, 2015, 12:34:51 AM
http://abcnews.go.com/Travel/cancun-change-eastern-standard-time/story?id=28589197
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on January 30, 2015, 07:46:43 AM
Already had to pay my first bribe today to a cop. Fun fun.

Ordered a lot at Kosher Luxus and everything ranged from 1/10 to 6/10 if I'm being generous.
Am I missing something?
How much was the bribe?  Did he ask for a specific amount?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on January 30, 2015, 10:23:47 AM
Stayed 3 nights at the Fairmont and although it seemed like half the resort were Jews from the east coast we only ran into on other Frum couple.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on January 30, 2015, 10:26:10 AM
Stayed 3 nights at the Fairmont and although it seemed like half the resort were Jews from the east coast we only ran into on other Frum couple.

Can we get a review of the hotel?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on January 30, 2015, 10:27:59 AM
Can we get a review of the hotel?
It was amazing!

Top notch service, Free Valet parking, bikes, kayaks, Boat tours, Sail boats.

Just wait a couple of days for Dan's report.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yoshyosh on January 30, 2015, 03:13:16 PM
It was amazing!

Top notch service, Free Valet parking, bikes, kayaks, Boat tours, Sail boats.

Just wait a couple of days for Dan's report.
What kind of room did you have?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on January 30, 2015, 04:09:35 PM
What kind of room did you have?
Bach area casita we upgraded to the beach area casita suite for the last night (private rooftop pool).
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on January 30, 2015, 04:55:34 PM
What did you pay for the upgrade?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: chucksterace on January 30, 2015, 05:37:40 PM
It was amazing!

Top notch service, Free Valet parking, bikes, kayaks, Boat tours, Sail boats.

Just wait a couple of days for Dan's report.
Would be more than a couple of days.. More like a couple of months.. or a couple of years  ;)  ;D
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on January 31, 2015, 12:56:48 PM
Would be more than a couple of days.. More like a couple of months.. or a couple of years  ;)  ;D
If ever
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: morgs on January 31, 2015, 01:01:32 PM
If ever
still waiting for part 2 out of ?? on SA!!!! :P :-[ :'(
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on January 31, 2015, 07:22:16 PM
What did you pay for the upgrade?
$300 plus tax
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Club2000 on February 01, 2015, 01:26:38 PM

$300 plus tax

Wow that's realty great deal
It's priced around 2,5k normal time
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on February 02, 2015, 11:25:11 AM
Really impressed with Hotel770 food. Had lots of it last night and everything was really good

Not comparing it to a proper NYC establishment but compared to random Chabad catering etc its 8/10
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 02, 2015, 11:26:22 AM
Better than sesame chicken of chabad of cancun?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on February 02, 2015, 11:40:28 AM
Better than sesame chicken of chabad of cancun?

Didn't try that

Maybe tomorrow
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 02, 2015, 11:45:49 AM
That and their asian noodles were delicious.

Go to Menfis yet? Its what Subway should be.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on February 02, 2015, 11:52:09 AM
Go to Menfis yet? Its what Subway should be.
I was turned off by the fact that the woman behind the counter was wearing a large cross (and there did not seem to be anyone Jewish in the store)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Club2000 on February 02, 2015, 05:51:30 PM

Really impressed with Hotel770 food. Had lots of it last night and everything was really good

Not comparing it to a proper NYC establishment but compared to random Chabad catering etc its 8/10

770hotel it's a private business not affiliated with any chabad or even offshoot chabad yellow tribe

There's no reliable supervision there, and NO Mashgiach
It's something that's the lowest kosher establishment in the us would never let

 
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Club2000 on February 02, 2015, 05:54:00 PM

I was turned off by the fact that the woman behind the counter was wearing a large cross (and there did not seem to be anyone Jewish in the store)


I was also there and there's no supervision
Meat open all day and we can imagine the rest 
Title: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Club2000 on February 02, 2015, 05:57:32 PM
Didn't try that

Maybe tomorrow

We where more in the south of Cancun towards playa del carmen and we order from chabad of playa
It's not cheap but was delicious and generous
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 02, 2015, 05:58:20 PM
770hotel it's a private business not affiliated with any chabad or even offshoot chabad yellow tribe

There's no reliable supervision there, and NO Mashgiach
It's something that's the lowest kosher establishment in the us would never let
Both menfis and hotel770 have teudot from the yellow flaggers.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Club2000 on February 02, 2015, 05:59:50 PM

Both menfis and hotel770 have teudot from the yellow flaggers.

But have no Mashgiach
Few minutes a day to turn on fire only


I asked the yellow flag rabbi if he eat there he told me No!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 02, 2015, 06:04:30 PM
R' Brod emailed me that both Menfis and Hotel770 "is good kashrut"
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Club2000 on February 02, 2015, 06:33:09 PM

R' Brod emailed me that both Menfis and Hotel770 "is good kashrut"

Dan
How do you explain that there's no mashgiach how can it be good ?
That's probably says it all about your friend
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 02, 2015, 06:39:07 PM
I'm no kashrus expert and don't care about the politics.

R' Druk acknowledged that there is no mashgiach tmidi, but said that if R Brod says it's kosher that it's fine.

Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 02, 2015, 06:56:23 PM
Mashgiach tmidi on a fleishig restaurant ain't politics
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 02, 2015, 06:58:07 PM
Mashgiach tmidi on a fleishig restaurant ain't politics
The politics I'm referring to is the yellow flag vs official.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Club2000 on February 02, 2015, 07:06:53 PM
Dan

This is minimum kashrut requirement ! It's not politic

We all know what happened to places that have mashgiach like in LA last year, one can imagine what would be without mashgiach !!

Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on February 02, 2015, 07:19:26 PM
Hotel770 has a mashgiach who walks over from the Chabad house (a few blocks away) a few time a day.
He was there when we were eating there.

Also at least there was a Jewish owner on site.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 02, 2015, 07:20:30 PM
Hotel770 has a mashgiach who walks over from the Chabad house (a few blocks away) a few time a day.
He was there when we were eating there.
Also saw a mashgiach going into Menfis.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on February 02, 2015, 07:30:10 PM
Also saw a mashgiach going into Menfis.
it just did not seem jewish/kosher when we walked in so we did not eat there.
But it does have the hechsher on the wall.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Club2000 on February 02, 2015, 10:36:21 PM
Timidi it's not coming dew times a day
And owner his not frum at all .

Even with frum owner kashrus agency request mashgiach timid

I
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lybbtthl on February 02, 2015, 11:11:44 PM
I was in CUN twice in the last year but never posted anything about it, so here are a few points I can share:
Flew AA from JFK for 10k BA
Rented a car from Hertz for about $30 (including Supp Liability) (for only 2 days in CUN, returned in Playa for $17 drop fee, then took ferry)
Stayed in Lagunamar 2 nights, standard room, no upgrade despite Delta Plat linked to SPG Gold.
Ate in Dag Dag, ok food, takes way too long to make, the owner is a real drei kop.
Went to Playa next day ate in Hotel 770 (BTW was under Rabbi Druk of Cancun's hashgocho - dunno why people are saying it's under the Yellow Flag - did it change?)
Next two nights stayed in Cozumel, cheap All Inclusive found on Orbitz, pretty crap place.
Ate in Jerusalem Grill in Cozumel, under Chabad of Cozumel hashgocho.
Flew from CZM via MIA to LGA for 12k BA
Next time I was there flew a paid ticket for approx $200 one way.
Rented from Europcar for about $40/ day
Stayed in crappy Westin near the airport since Lagunamar wasn't available, they charged 8k a night since basic room wasn't available, upgraded upon arrival to RBC for $30/night, still crap.
Moved to Lagunamar after 2 nights for one more night, 10k but got upgraded to one bedroom suite.
Ate only in Dag Dag, otherwise brought food.
Went shopping at a supermarket upon arrival for basics over the next few days, (plenty mexican products have hechsherim on them)
Flew back on AA non stop to JFK, 10k BA.

a few points:
was worth renting a car for the convenience getting around, especially if you want to go to Playa etc.
was speeding the whole time along BLVD kukulukan (however you spell it), saw police all the time but never got pulled over
didn't take my phone airplane mode since landing, just used wifi, (could've used text for 50c send and 5c receive on Verizon)
someone asked about Cholov Stam, AFAIK there are plenty local available milk in cartons with a hechsher on it (cholov stam) I saw it in Starbucks.
didn't see many Jews at all both times I was there

This is all the info i think of now, I'll add if i think of important info to share


Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: JayR on February 02, 2015, 11:19:21 PM
was worth renting a car for the convenience getting around, especially if you want to go to Playa etc.
How far was the drive? Up thread people said that the busses were good enough.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lybbtthl on February 02, 2015, 11:35:21 PM
How far was the drive? Up thread people said that the busses were good enough.
45 min or so, quite a nice drive actually
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on February 03, 2015, 12:02:19 PM
How far was the drive? Up thread people said that the busses were good enough.
Buses are very convenient if you are staying in the Cancun hotel zone,
If you are going to Mayakoba/Playa a car is the way to go.
I also found parking to be plentiful (and free) in Playa.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: JoeCha on February 03, 2015, 02:50:45 PM

If you are going to Mayakoba/Playa a car is the way to go.

The Fairmont Mayakoba offers airport transfers for $32 round trip.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on February 03, 2015, 03:09:29 PM
The Fairmont Mayakoba offers airport transfers for $32 round trip.
Per person ?

My Hertz rental cost me $48 for 3 days (including basic liability) and gas cost me $17 .

Free valet parking at the Fairmont.

Plenty of street parking in Playa
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: JoeCha on February 03, 2015, 03:10:40 PM
Per person ?


No, per transfer.

BTW, thank you for your help.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on February 03, 2015, 03:14:15 PM
No, per transfer.
Seems a little too cheap.

Did you confirm with them ? RT ? per transfer and not per person ?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: JoeCha on February 03, 2015, 03:15:36 PM
Seems a little too cheap.

Did you confirm with them ? RT ? per transfer and not per person ?
That's what they said over the phone, I'm waiting for confirmation email.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 03, 2015, 03:17:48 PM
Pretty much everyone and everything in and around CUN felt like they were just trying to squeeze as many dollars out of you as it can.
Don't trust anyone...
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: JoeCha on February 03, 2015, 03:21:43 PM

Don't trust anyone...
Unless you get an official confirmation email from the hotel I guess.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 03, 2015, 03:25:15 PM
Unless you get an official confirmation email from the hotel I guess.
Get everything in writing.
Even then the hotel loves nickels and dimes.  And Benjamins (for a fridge ::) )
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: JoeCha on February 03, 2015, 03:31:43 PM
Get everything in writing.
Even then the hotel loves nickels and dimes.  And Benjamins (for a fridge ::) )
That's actually a good thing. Don't tell me you didn't think of bribing your way up to the presidential suite.

Looks like the $20 trick works well over there.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Solomon on February 03, 2015, 03:59:15 PM
Anyone recently in Cancun used Hangouts dialer to place and receive calls over Wifi?
Because on Goggles website it says that the app is not currently supported in Mexico
https://support.google.com/hangouts/answer/1267644?&ref_topic=3187124

Anybody to confirm? 
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on February 03, 2015, 04:18:09 PM
Get everything in writing.
Even then the hotel loves nickels and dimes.  And Benjamins (for a fridge ::) )
I was actually impressed with hotel not charging for everything.

We used the cooler instead of a fridge.
Free:
Valet parking
Internet
Kayaks
Boat tours
Bikes
Sailboats
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 03, 2015, 04:23:43 PM
Internet is free at all Fairmonts.

The rest isn't free, it's what you get for the $15/adult/day resort fee.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on February 03, 2015, 04:40:26 PM
The rest isn't free, it's what you get for the $15/adult/day resort fee.
Correct.

But I felt much better paying the $30 a day then some other resort fees that I have had to pay in the past.

Also you dont feel like you are being nickled and dimed the whole stay.

Although breakfast did cost us $40-$70 per day for some fruit and juice.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: JoeCha on February 03, 2015, 04:42:02 PM

 $15/adult/day resort fee.
Is that even on cert nights?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on February 03, 2015, 04:42:23 PM
Is that even on cert nights?
Yes
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lybbtthl on February 03, 2015, 06:11:03 PM
Anyone recently in Cancun used Hangouts dialer to place and receive calls over Wifi?
Because on Goggles website it says that the app is not currently supported in Mexico
https://support.google.com/hangouts/answer/1267644?&ref_topic=3187124

Anybody to confirm?
AFAIK if you have the dialer already installed and working in the US, it will continue to work anywhere. I have not tried it in Mexico, but have tried it in many countries, not sure if they were officially supported countries or not
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: JoeCha on February 03, 2015, 06:38:16 PM
Seems a little too cheap.

Did you confirm with them ? RT ? per transfer and not per person ?
Pretty much everyone and everything in and around CUN felt like they were just trying to squeeze as many dollars out of you as it can.
Don't trust anyone...

Ya ya. She called back saying it's actually $232
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Joe4007 on February 03, 2015, 06:39:31 PM
Ya ya. She called back saying it's actually $232
ALOL  ;D
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Solomon on February 03, 2015, 06:41:34 PM
AFAIK if you have the dialer already installed and working in the US, it will continue to work anywhere. I have not tried it in Mexico, but have tried it in many countries, not sure if they were officially supported countries or not
Thanks, anyone that actually  tried it?
I'm planning on being in cancun next week, and I need to be able to place and receive calls.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 03, 2015, 06:47:28 PM
Ya ya. She called back saying it's actually $232
Hey, what's a couple of Benjamins between friends :P

Rent a car. Just don't speed.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Club2000 on February 03, 2015, 07:34:46 PM


Went to Playa next day ate in Hotel 770 (BTW was under Rabbi Druk of Cancun's hashgocho - dunno why people are saying it's under the Yellow Flag - did it change?)

Yes it used to be under Rabbi Druk and than had a full time mashgiach


someone asked about Cholov Stam, AFAIK there are plenty local available milk in cartons with a hechsher on it (cholov stam) I saw it in Starbucks.


If you go for non cholov YIsroel
You can get few brands like lala and other with kohser symbol
Also good for yogurts

Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: JoeCha on February 03, 2015, 07:36:48 PM

Rent a car. Just don't speed.
I'd speed just for the bribe experience.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 03, 2015, 07:56:29 PM
I'd speed just for the bribe experience.
Lol.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Love 2 Travel on February 03, 2015, 10:49:05 PM
Thanks, anyone that actually  tried it?
I'm planning on being in cancun next week, and I need to be able to place and receive calls.

Just got back from cancun today and used I hagouts to place calls to the USA and Mexico
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Solomon on February 03, 2015, 10:51:49 PM
Just got back from cancun today and used I hagouts to place calls to the USA and Mexico
Thanks, and may I ask if hangouts dialer app was used, and on what device?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 03, 2015, 10:57:51 PM
I used the hangouts app to make a call on my Note Edge.
Quality was perfect.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Love 2 Travel on February 03, 2015, 11:16:34 PM
Thanks, and may I ask if hangouts dialer app was used, and on what device?

I used the hangouts app to make a call on my Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ShlockDoc on February 04, 2015, 10:07:41 AM
I used the hangouts app to make a call on my Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro

Why did y'all use for a data plan?  Did you just rent a SIM card? 
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on February 04, 2015, 01:03:15 PM
Why did y'all use for a data plan?  Did you just rent a SIM card?

Probably just Wifi.

Is renting a car recommended just for getting around Cun or not necessary? 
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Love 2 Travel on February 04, 2015, 08:47:48 PM
Why did y'all use for a data plan?  Did you just rent a SIM card?

Used wifi
Probably just Wifi.

Is renting a car recommended just for getting around Cun or not necessary? 

If you are staying in any of the hotels on the strip would say it isn't necessary. The public transportation was super cheap (10 pesos = .67 cents) and very easy to use. Any tours that you might take will probably offer transportation.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: JayR on February 04, 2015, 10:16:18 PM
Is renting a car recommended just for getting around Cun or not necessary?

Buses are very convenient if you are staying in the Cancun hotel zone,
If you are going to Mayakoba/Playa a car is the way to go.
I also found parking to be plentiful (and free) in Playa.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: JoeCha on February 04, 2015, 10:39:34 PM
Pretty much everyone and everything in and around CUN felt like they were just trying to squeeze as many dollars out of you as it can.
Don't trust anyone...
Yep.
From Alamo:
"Liability insurance purchased on third party travel websites and insurance that accompanies US credit or debits cards are not acceptable forms of coverage."
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Club2000 on February 05, 2015, 04:59:20 AM

Why did y'all use for a data plan?  Did you just rent a SIM card?

SIM card rental are quite expensive

You can get a local sim car for 7$
Put some credit and get a internet package
Day/week/month
 
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Club2000 on February 09, 2015, 02:10:39 PM
Flying AA btw JFK and Cun on avios
The ticket don't give you free luggage

Is the citi plat can help with that ?
Last time the refused telling me it's a millage ticket and have to pay for luggage 25$ first bag 50$ 2nd bag
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: JoeCha on February 09, 2015, 02:38:07 PM
Flying AA btw JFK and Cun on avios
The ticket don't give you free luggage

Is the citi plat can help with that ?
Last time the refused telling me it's a millage ticket and have to pay for luggage 25$ first bag 50$ 2nd bag

You have to link your AAdvantage number to the reservation.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: EliteMavin on February 09, 2015, 02:38:13 PM
Flying AA btw JFK and Cun on avios
The ticket don't give you free luggage

Is the citi plat can help with that ?
Last time the refused telling me it's a millage ticket and have to pay for luggage 25$ first bag 50$ 2nd bag
If your AA mileage number (the one associated with the citi card) is in the reservation then it should be first piece free.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Club2000 on February 09, 2015, 02:43:00 PM
If not link can I show the card at airport or not good enough
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on February 09, 2015, 02:46:24 PM
If not link can I show the card at airport or not good enough
It may or may not work (more likely not to work)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on February 09, 2015, 05:01:58 PM
Flying AA btw JFK and Cun on avios
The ticket don't give you free luggage

Is the citi plat can help with that ?
Last time the refused telling me it's a millage ticket and have to pay for luggage 25$ first bag 50$ 2nd bag
You do not get free bags.
The card only give you free bags on a domestic flight Cun is international.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Solomon on February 09, 2015, 05:04:05 PM
Currently posting from the Hyatt Zilara, this place is like paradise, will try to post a tr once I'm back
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on February 09, 2015, 05:05:13 PM
Currently posting from the Hyatt Zilara, this place is like paradise, will try to post a tr once I'm back
Please do! Any chance for privacy at a pool or beach?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 09, 2015, 05:05:21 PM
Currently posting from the Hyatt Zilara, this place is like paradise, will try to post a tr once I'm back
Teaser pics?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Solomon on February 09, 2015, 05:13:39 PM
Please do! Any chance for privacy at a pool or beach?
if you mean by private, completely private, no chance. But even the place is currently at a %100 occupancy, it's not crowded at all, rather looks more to the empty side
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on February 09, 2015, 05:20:42 PM
if you mean by private, completely private, no chance. But even the place is currently at a %100 occupancy, it's not crowded at all, rather looks more to the empty side
Thanks
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on February 09, 2015, 05:28:10 PM
Currently posting from the Hyatt Zilara, this place is like paradise, will try to post a tr once I'm back

rooms are great or the hotel acreage/property and amenities?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Solomon on February 09, 2015, 05:30:33 PM
rooms are great or the hotel acreage/property and amenities?
all of the above
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Solomon on February 09, 2015, 05:32:57 PM
Teaser pics?
currently posting from my phone, and won't let me post pics as the image sizes are to large
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 09, 2015, 05:36:17 PM
currently posting from my phone, and won't let me post pics as the image sizes are to large
The Tapatalk app automatically compresses them.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Fish Tank on February 10, 2015, 02:14:47 AM
Hi,  I'm looking to book a trip to CUN in the very near future.

I read through a big part of this thread.

It seems that the westin Lagunamar is very popular here.

Is that just bec it's an spg hotel? Or is it really nicer than the other hotels there?

Also,  how far is Lagunamar firm CUN? Is it a different town?

Any help is appreciated.

Thanx!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: asher8190 on February 10, 2015, 02:36:04 AM
Just booked 4 nights at the Westin Lagunamar, Feb. 15-19 will keep ya'll posted with a detailed TR (if Dan doesn't beat me to it ::)  )

p.s. Flyin' back to PHL on the 19th, early afternoon. If you'd like my 5th night please PM.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: asher8190 on February 10, 2015, 02:39:35 AM
Hi,  I'm looking to book a trip to CUN in the very near future.

I read through a big part of this thread.

It seems that the westin Lagunamar is very popular here.

Is that just bec it's an spg hotel? Or is it really nicer than the other hotels there?

Also,  how far is Lagunamar firm CUN? Is it a different town?

Any help is appreciated.

Thanx!

There definitely are nicer hotels in Cancun (Hyatt Zilara and others...), but at 10K SPG points per night vs. $500+ it's a real bargain.

Uhmm the Westin Lagunamar is smack in middle of Cancun!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Fish Tank on February 10, 2015, 02:43:16 AM
There definitely are nicer hotels in Cancun (Hyatt Zilara and others...), but at 10K SPG points per night vs. $500+ it's a real bargain.

Uhmm the Westin Lagunamar is smack in middle of Cancun!
Thanx!

I was looking at vacation packages on priceline, and saw some pretty decent places @ great prices (much less than $500)

Anyways,  how is the westin with plats? Do they generally upgrade to suites?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: asher8190 on February 10, 2015, 02:53:48 AM
Thanx!

I was looking at vacation packages on priceline, and saw some pretty decent places @ great prices (much less than $500)

Anyways,  how is the westin with plats? Do they generally upgrade to suites?

I was referring to the Westin Lagunamar when i said $500+ (cheapest you'll get for next week is about $450 per night after T&F)

There's two basic room types, studio villa and one bedroom villa. (2 Bedroom Villa is just 2-one bedroom villas attached)
You might get upgraded from Studio to 1 bedroom. More than that is unnecessary unless you're traveling with kids.
(Besides upgrades are pretty limited in resorts.)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Fish Tank on February 10, 2015, 03:00:34 AM
I was referring to the Westin Lagunamar when i said $500+ (cheapest you'll get for next week is about $450 per night after T&F)

There's two basic room types, studio villa and one bedroom villa. (2 Bedroom Villa is just 2-one bedroom villas attached)
You might get upgraded from Studio to 1 bedroom. More than that is unnecessary unless you're traveling with kids.
(Besides upgrades are pretty limited in resorts.)

Oh. Thanx  for the info.
It's very helpful.

And thanx to everyone else that posted data points and TR's in this thread.

I saw a resort called "Flamingo Cancun resort" at a good rate as part of a vacation package.

Anyone have experience with them?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on February 10, 2015, 10:34:49 AM
Just booked 4 nights at the Westin Lagunamar, Feb. 15-19 will keep ya'll posted with a detailed TR (if Dan doesn't beat me to it ::)  )

p.s. Flyin' back to PHL on the 19th, early afternoon. If you'd like my 5th night please PM.

I'll be there 15-17, staying at the Aloft.  Maybe I'll bump into you.  :)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Solomon on February 10, 2015, 01:01:14 PM
Ate last night at Red heifer, service was extremely slow, and food wasn't anything to brag about.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 10, 2015, 02:18:44 PM
Ate last night at Red heifer, service was extremely slow, and food wasn't anything to brag about.
Said that earlier. At least dagdag is an "experience."
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Solomon on February 10, 2015, 02:21:33 PM
Said that earlier. At least dagdag is an "experience."
where are they located, and is it worth a visit?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on February 10, 2015, 09:31:07 PM
Go to Menfis yet? Its what Subway should be.

Glad to see you took my advice. :D
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on February 10, 2015, 09:33:04 PM
Thanks, and may I ask if hangouts dialer app was used, and on what device?

I used the Hangouts app on my iPhone 5, and it was okay.

The first time we were in Cancun, I used WiFi only. The second time, I bought SIM cards from Telcel. Was quite an adventure...
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on February 10, 2015, 09:44:21 PM
At least dagdag is an "experience."
+108 did you try to order in advance? their slerpy noodles and tomato sauce are almost as good as i make at home :). But they really are sweet people, and i know i will come back again.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Fish Tank on February 11, 2015, 02:52:37 PM
Not sure if this the right thread for this question - but what's the next best mileage option after BA?
(there is no BA availability for my dates)

Revenue is $500 per pax, so mileage is preferred.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 11, 2015, 02:56:42 PM
22K ANA on UA, RT from EWR.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: robbie on February 11, 2015, 03:03:02 PM
cant wait for that hyatt zilira trip report, I stayed there was incredible.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Solomon on February 11, 2015, 03:12:49 PM
Just checked in to the Westin lunganamare, coming from staying 3  nights at the Zilara, this is a huge downgrade
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: asher8190 on February 11, 2015, 03:29:27 PM
Just checked in to the Westin lunganamare, coming from staying 3  nights at the Zilara, this is a huge downgrade

IYHO Is it worth the extra 15K ppn for the Hyatt Zilara over the Westin Lagunamar?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Solomon on February 11, 2015, 03:34:53 PM
IYHO Is it worth the extra 15K ppn for the Hyatt Zilara over the Westin Lagunamar?
depending on the reason of your visit, if you're visiting with kids, the Zilara is 18+ only, and the Lagunamar is very kid friendly with activities and a kids club.
But for a couple it's definitely worth the extra points, It's an experience that can't be compared.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on February 11, 2015, 03:37:38 PM
Just checked in to the Westin lunganamare, coming from staying 3  nights at the Zilara, this is a huge downgrade
Studio or 1 bedroom ?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Solomon on February 11, 2015, 03:55:08 PM
Studio or 1 bedroom ?
1 bedroom, And as most trip advisor reviews point out I can personally vouch as well, that there is no chance you will get your room before 4.00 pm even though the official checkout time is 10.00 am and they officaly don't offer late checkout
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on February 11, 2015, 03:59:23 PM
1 bedroom, And as most trip advisor reviews point out I can personally vouch as well, that there is no chance you will get your room before 4.00 pm even though the official checkout time is 10.00 am and they officaly don't offer late checkout
I got 2pm late checkout
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Solomon on February 11, 2015, 05:39:13 PM
Update: after waiting until 4:30 for my room to be "cleaned" I got the room with dirty dishes on the kitchenette counter and the coffee maker had some leftover coffee from the previous guest. Luckily I'm just staying here for one night, and I'm flying back tomorrow morning.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on February 11, 2015, 06:45:49 PM
1 bedroom, And as most trip advisor reviews point out I can personally vouch as well, that there is no chance you will get your room before 4.00 pm

I got in at 3 PM. 8)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on February 15, 2015, 06:37:52 PM
I'm currently posting from the Aloft.  Just a caveat to others; DON'T stay here.  The room feels like a mix of a jail cell and a dorm room.  Since I booked last minute it cost me 5,500 points/night instead of 4,000, and they stuck me in the room next to the gym.  I literally hear people on treadmills right now. 

And they claim to have no other rooms available because it's President's weekend.  I'm supposed to have an ocean view room and I barely see a sliver of water.  I'll post pics later.

Btw, I'm SPG Gold.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: asher8190 on February 15, 2015, 06:42:43 PM
If you're able to cancel the rest of your reservation (and you have some extra SPG points to burn) Do yourself a favor and head down to the Westin Lagunamar. There is avaiability this week.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on February 15, 2015, 06:48:25 PM
If you're able to cancel the rest of your reservation (and you have some extra SPG points to burn) Do yourself a favor and head down to the Westin Lagunamar. There is avaiability this week.

I was about to do that but I'm here solo and only for two nights.  Not worth the hassle.  I'm heading over to DagDag now, let's see if it takes as long as everyone says.

I also forgot to mention that my room wasn't ready until almost 5pm.  Absurd.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on February 15, 2015, 07:28:13 PM
I'm currently posting from the Aloft.  Just a caveat to others; DON'T stay here.  The room feels like a mix of a jail cell and a dorm room.  Since I booked last minute it cost me 5,500 points/night instead of 4,000, and they stuck me in the room next to the gym.  I literally hear people on treadmills right now. 

And they claim to have no other rooms available because it's President's weekend.  I'm supposed to have an ocean view room and I barely see a sliver of water.  I'll post pics later.

Btw, I'm SPG Gold.

Have you stayed in an aloft before?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: gtyossi on February 15, 2015, 08:26:51 PM
Anyone going to be at Lagunamar week of 3/8?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on February 15, 2015, 08:45:39 PM
Have you stayed in an aloft before?

Nope.  You live and learn.  They apparently have something against balconies or windows that open.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: mendel korf on February 15, 2015, 09:17:02 PM
Hi looking to go to cancun in early may. Is that a bad time, good time  or just neutral? Also seems like this thread is only into two hotels, zilara and laguna Mar, but priceline has over 80 hotels.  Specially a 5 Star hotel called Fiesta Americana that is offering very good rates. Anyone have anything to say about that hotel? Is it a good hotel how doesit ccompare to the above forementioned hotels?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: eskay on February 16, 2015, 12:34:56 PM
Anyone going to be at Lagunamar week of 3/8?

yes I will be
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on February 16, 2015, 04:13:21 PM
I'm currently posting from the Aloft.  Just a caveat to others; DON'T stay here. 
Sorry, tried to warn people (i assume you didnt read the wiki)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on February 16, 2015, 07:05:33 PM
Sorry, tried to warn people (i assume you didnt read the wiki)

To be fair, all alofts have glass sliding bathroom doors
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: gtyossi on February 17, 2015, 04:34:02 PM
My wife and I will be in Cancun for the first time for 4 nights. We are planning on some activities and didn't know the going rate for them. I am guessing whatever the first price someone tells you is too high. What is the going rate for some water activities like snorkeling, renting a wave runner, swimming with dolphins etc. Nothing crazy at all. Not really interested in the Mayan ruins stuff either. Other suggestions for paying for activities and what to expect would be appreciated.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: brodes18 on February 19, 2015, 05:13:08 PM
Im working on booking a trip from 3/22 - 3/27 from NYC - CUN and having trouble finding any saver awards on American, United, and Delta. The non saver awards would work, but they are ridiculously expensive. What are my options? Is there a relatively cost effective way to get non saver awards?

On another note, I'm looking to leave Cancun on my way back to NY at 9:00 AM Friday. With Shabbos coming in at 7 PM and my flight scheduled to arrive at around 1, am I ok?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: night-owl on February 19, 2015, 05:49:18 PM
Im working on booking a trip from 3/22 - 3/27 from NYC - CUN and having trouble finding any saver awards on American, United, and Delta. The non saver awards would work, but they are ridiculously expensive. What are my options? Is there a relatively cost effective way to get non saver awards?

On another note, I'm looking to leave Cancun on my way back to NY at 9:00 AM Friday. With Shabbos coming in at 7 PM and my flight scheduled to arrive at around 1, am I ok?

If you have UR/Avios see if ba.com has availability.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: brodes18 on February 19, 2015, 05:55:52 PM
If you have UR/Avios see if ba.com has availability.

I tried that, but since they just pull saver from AA, Im getting nowhere.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: night-owl on February 19, 2015, 08:18:53 PM
I tried that, but since they just pull saver from AA, Im getting nowhere.

I see this on ba.com
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: brodes18 on February 20, 2015, 07:40:53 AM
I see this on ba.com

Yep, that flight is good to go. The real problem is getting back on Friday morning.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on February 20, 2015, 10:06:05 AM
Anyone going to be at Lagunamar week of 3/8?
3/11-3/16
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: braves18 on February 20, 2015, 11:08:23 AM
Going 3/23-3/25
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: gtyossi on February 20, 2015, 12:35:45 PM
yes I will be

Maybe a Minyan?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: gtyossi on February 25, 2015, 09:59:24 AM
How do you pay for Costco charges without Foreign Exchange fee if you dont have these cards?

American Express Platinum and Centurion
American Express Business Platinum
American Express Gold Delta SkyMiles
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: JoeCha on February 25, 2015, 08:59:33 PM
Chabad of Playa is amazing!

Went out of their way to help us.

Thanks so much!!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 25, 2015, 09:02:27 PM
Deets?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: JoeCha on February 25, 2015, 09:24:09 PM
My wife told me after dinner she's still hungry, and in less than an hour I had hot teriyaki salmon delivered to my room!

Not the first time they sent me a messenger for late orders.

I heard he's a DDF'er, kol hakavod!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on February 25, 2015, 09:47:53 PM
Very nice.

Have you been to any of the restaurants in Playa or Cancun yet?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: JoeCha on February 26, 2015, 06:10:04 AM
No, the place is too good. Lazy to go out of property.
I get all food delivered.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: brodes18 on February 26, 2015, 01:01:35 PM
No, the place is too good. Lazy to go out of property.
I get all food delivered.

Where are you staying?
Title: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Club2000 on February 26, 2015, 01:07:00 PM
How do you pay for Costco charges without Foreign Exchange fee if you dont have these cards?

American Express Platinum and Centurion
American Express Business Platinum
American Express Gold Delta SkyMiles

most chase cards don't charge fees for costco or any other places in mexico or other countries
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: JoeCha on February 26, 2015, 02:57:13 PM
Where are you staying?
Fairmont.

Maybe I should add, this is the blue-flaggers chabad associated with this website: http://www.jewishplaya.com/ not the yellow flageers.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: brodes18 on February 26, 2015, 03:57:50 PM
Booked Business Class for CUN - JFK for my trip on AA. Does anyone know if they can accommodate Kosher breakfast? Who would I contact for that?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: JoeCha on February 26, 2015, 04:08:03 PM
No KSML on this route.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: brodes18 on February 26, 2015, 04:19:59 PM
No KSML on this route.

 :-[ Is there anything to talk that they can give for not having KSML, or is it just the way it is?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: JoeCha on February 26, 2015, 04:36:39 PM
You can ask them for 51% of AAL shares.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: brodes18 on February 26, 2015, 05:06:09 PM
You can ask them for 51% of AAL shares.

 :P Good idea! I'll keep you posted
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: dsr on March 01, 2015, 02:16:11 PM
Long time lurker, first time poster. Thanks for all the helpful info on this thread. We'll be heading down to CUN for a weekend in mid-March. Anyone know whether there is a Verizon plan for calls and data in Mexico that's economical for a few days of usage? Hard finding good info on the website. THANKS!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: theeari on March 01, 2015, 09:23:16 PM
I recently spent 4 nights in Cancun- 2 nights at the Banyan Tree in Mayakoba and 2 nights at the Hyatt Zilara. I hope to write some more helpful tips later but in the meantime:

Banyan Tree- Amazing hotel! Your own pool/hot tub :). It's expensive (sell some points/sign up for the Barclays Arrival card), but I got a rate about $200 less/night than other websites by booking with Easyclicktravel.com- I never heard of them but stumbled upon their website through kayak. Their rates for this hotel appear to be consistently less than priceline etc. and if you chat/call them they'll discount it even more with all taxes and fees included.

Hyatt Zilara- I booked the 2 nights at 25k/night then called the hotel directly to request an upgrade for my (tenth) honeymoon and they offered the swim up suite for $160/night. It turned out to be a great move. You get a really nice room stocked with liquor, replaced daily, and direct access from your room to a pool shared with only 4 other rooms. The hotel itself is really nice. It's all inclusive so free alcohol which is awesome.

Ill try to write more later, but if anyone has any questions please feel free to pm me.

Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on March 01, 2015, 10:08:07 PM
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/61187
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: TimT on March 01, 2015, 11:00:47 PM
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/61187
What do you do when you end up at a horrible restaurant, force the food down or go hungry ?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: beez on March 03, 2015, 10:24:54 AM
Anyone stay at the Zilara for shabbos? Any specific issues?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: brodes18 on March 03, 2015, 11:27:29 PM
Im booked for the week of the 22nd (very excited).

Has anyone here had luck in getting a free room upgrade due to not being able to partake in any of the included food? Was anything offered instead by the hotel?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on March 05, 2015, 11:10:22 PM
I am a crazy person, and just booked in advance for january next year (just shows how much i miss cancun). now i have 10-11 months to dream for my nice 8-night all points lagunamar vacation...
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: zow on March 08, 2015, 09:37:17 PM
We are a family of 5 -- 2 adults + 3 teenage children.
The Lagunamar seems very strict about max 4 people per room...does anyone have experience with an extra undeclared child?
(Have air mattress, will travel.) ;)

Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: JoeCha on March 08, 2015, 11:19:43 PM
:-[ Is there anything to talk that they can give for not having KSML, or is it just the way it is?

Has anyone here had luck in getting a free room upgrade due to not being able to partake in any of the included food? Was anything offered instead by the hotel?
Are you serious?

First you ask if AA will compensate you for your religious convictions, now your hotel?
 
I mean, do you want all the pigs in the world to come knock on your door with tears in their eyes begging for forgiveness since they were not able to serve you some ham?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on March 09, 2015, 03:04:27 PM
I am a crazy person, and just booked in advance for january next year (just shows how much i miss cancun). now i have 10-11 months to dream for my nice 8-night all points lagunamar vacation...

Was thinking along the same lines... Would book a sthwst flight b4 they devalue but southwest doesn't release fares that far in advance..
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on March 09, 2015, 05:04:23 PM
Was thinking along the same lines... Would book a sthwst flight b4 they devalue but southwest doesn't release fares that far in advance..
come on, there are lots of point flight options. will keep the water warm :) note that in january lagunamar already limited reservations to like minimum 7 night stays, and i think they are going up to cat 5 tomorrow, so better book some rooms now!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: wonderlust on March 09, 2015, 10:51:10 PM
come on, there are lots of point flight options. will keep the water warm :) note that in january lagunamar already limited reservations to like minimum 7 night stays, and i think they are going up to cat 5 tomorrow, so better book some rooms now!

Yeah but companion pass is hard to beat. I think at the end of the day cancun is more worthwhile than playa as the beaches seem to be a lot nicer.

I'm still sold on the jw- especially after getting 60k marriott points comped 8)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on March 09, 2015, 11:58:18 PM

Yeah but companion pass is hard to beat. I think at the end of the day cancun is more worthwhile than playa as the beaches seem to be a lot nicer.

I'm still sold on the jw- especially after getting 60k marriott points comped 8)
nice!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: zow on March 10, 2015, 02:57:55 PM
We are a family of 5 -- 2 adults + 3 teenage children.
The Lagunamar seems very strict about max 4 people per room...does anyone have experience with an extra undeclared child?
(Have air mattress, will travel.) ;)

BUMP
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: zow on March 10, 2015, 03:13:57 PM
Yeah but companion pass is hard to beat. I think at the end of the day cancun is more worthwhile than playa as the beaches seem to be a lot nicer.

I'm still sold on the jw- especially after getting 60k marriott points comped 8)

Did I miss how you got the points comped?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lifetimedeals on March 10, 2015, 03:16:54 PM
Which is a better getaway option (for couple) Cancun or San Juan ? Been to Both and care to share why one over the other? Thanks.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on March 10, 2015, 04:12:21 PM
Which is a better getaway option (for couple) Cancun or San Juan ? Been to Both and care to share why one over the other? Thanks.

Been to both. SJ feels more third world. Its grimier and feels more foreign. Cancun is cleaner but feels more touristy. I'd vote Cancun.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lifetimedeals on March 10, 2015, 04:25:42 PM
Been to both. SJ feels more third world. Its grimier and feels more foreign. Cancun is cleaner but feels more touristy. I'd vote Cancun.
Its interesting how you say feels more foreign from what i read online it sounded different some said feels more Americanized same money almost everybody speaks english no passport or customs, guess everybody feels something else :) thanks for your opinion.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lifetimedeals on March 15, 2015, 02:09:30 PM
Anyone have any tips on kosher eating at the all inclusive Hyatt? Other than fruit and veges, anything else that people who've already stayed here know is kosher?

Also, anyone know what the deal is with drinks? Are there drinks that would be kosher?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: robbie on March 15, 2015, 06:22:20 PM
Anyone have any tips on kosher eating at the all inclusive Hyatt? Other than fruit and veges, anything else that people who've already stayed here know is kosher?

Also, anyone know what the deal is with drinks? Are there drinks that would be kosher?
I stayed there, it depends on hoe strict you are but they will double  wrap salmon veggies and potatoes for you.
the basic drinks are kosher as well as the beers
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on March 15, 2015, 09:17:53 PM
the basic drinks are kosher as well as the beers
To clarify, CRC says Mexican Coca Cola is ok but other coke brands are affirmatively "not recommended" with some having milk inside. most pepsi/moutain dews are ok in Mexico. http://www.crcweb.org/beverage_list.php
I actually found mexican fanta at a kosher restaurant under a generally reliable hashgacha, and i called the va'ad and they hadnt realized that the fanta they were selling was from mexico since the menu just said coke products in bottles without referring to mexico (and the vaad didnt check the actual bottles in the fridge).
Flavored beers would also need hashgacha of course.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: CS1 on March 16, 2015, 05:21:14 PM
To clarify, CRC says Mexican Coca Cola is ok but other coke brands are affirmatively "not recommended" with some having milk inside. most pepsi/moutain dews are ok in Mexico. http://www.crcweb.org/beverage_list.php
I actually found mexican fanta at a kosher restaurant under a generally reliable hashgacha, and i called the va'ad and they hadnt realized that the fanta they were selling was from mexico since the menu just said coke products in bottles without referring to mexico (and the vaad didnt check the actual bottles in the fridge).
Flavored beers would also need hashgacha of course.

What's the latest on Kahlua?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on March 17, 2015, 01:12:10 PM
What's the latest on Kahlua?
same as status quo as far as i know: 980 mL and "Hecho en Mexico" on the bottle = kosher http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=1193.msg1050263#msg1050263
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: moshe87 on March 17, 2015, 02:42:58 PM

Flavored beers would also need hashgacha of course.

whats an example of unflavored beer?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on March 18, 2015, 09:20:16 AM

whats an example of unflavored beer?
Budweiser, yuengling. virtually all beers labeled  lager or Pilsner, and any beers under German purity laws. Most beers at the store are unflavored. Prob is if beer says lemon chocolate etc u run into issues just like buying a lemon or chocolate drink.
Note the kosher beers blog makes a nice list of all beers under hashgacha (lots of flavored beers are covered by supervision, e.g. Blue moons and most Sam Adams) but u need to check.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: CS91 on March 18, 2015, 09:43:37 AM
I stayed there, it depends on hoe strict you are but they will double  wrap salmon veggies and potatoes for you.
the basic drinks are kosher as well as the beers

Had the same experience at the Hyatt Zilara. I got in touch with the executive chef a week or two before we arrived and he was more than happy to help out. They noted on my reservation that I had special food requests and every night when it was time for dinner, I went to the concierge and they called up a chef. Went down to the kitchen every night, turned on the fire myself, and watched them double wrap the salmon and cook it. I brought plastic cutlery with so they put my food on that plate. I also had tuna one night, and they offered me other types of fish as well but I wasn't sure what they were saying. Language barrier can be a bit of a problem...
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lifetimedeals on March 21, 2015, 11:57:40 PM
do you need special adapters for outlets in cancun?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Love 2 Travel on March 22, 2015, 02:18:25 AM
do you need special adapters for outlets in cancun?
nope, reg american outlets
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Theodorel on March 23, 2015, 05:55:04 PM
Has anyone stayed in this hotel   "
THE WESTIN LAGUNAMAR OCEAN RESORT VILLAS & SPA, CANCUN"?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on March 24, 2015, 09:52:34 AM
Anyone know if there's anywhere to get food Chol Hamoed?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: JoeCha on March 24, 2015, 10:11:55 AM
Goldberg isn't there?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: gtyossi on March 24, 2015, 11:43:00 AM
Has anyone stayed in this hotel   "
THE WESTIN LAGUNAMAR OCEAN RESORT VILLAS & SPA, CANCUN"?
Just stayed there 2 weeks ago.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Theodorel on March 24, 2015, 11:44:19 AM
Is it nice place? I got a offer from westin for $169 for a five night stay.. Yes that's right $169 for 5 nights not per night for the whole stay....
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: braves18 on March 24, 2015, 11:46:36 AM
How did u get that offer
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: braves18 on March 24, 2015, 11:47:10 AM
Just past it last night and it looked old but that was just a view from the street
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on March 24, 2015, 12:00:55 PM
Is it nice place? I got a offer from westin for $169 for a five night stay.. Yes that's right $169 for 5 nights not per night for the whole stay....
Great price for an amazing hotel.
(Although you will have to sit through a timeshare presentation.)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on March 24, 2015, 12:20:35 PM
Is it nice place? I got a offer from westin for $169 for a five night stay.. Yes that's right $169 for 5 nights not per night for the whole stay....
gotta post a link or tell us where to call...
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Theodorel on March 24, 2015, 12:55:53 PM
My wife got a offer in the mail...
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Theodorel on March 24, 2015, 01:21:08 PM
Great price for an amazing hotel.
(Although you will have to sit through a timeshare presentation.)
What do you mean presentation?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on March 24, 2015, 04:31:48 PM
What do you mean presentation?
Look for the fine print in the mailer.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Ulitkany on April 22, 2015, 12:37:07 PM
Any recommendations on what company to use to book a transfer from Cancun Airport to Playa Del Carmen Ferry for a family of 2 adults and one year old child?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on April 22, 2015, 12:49:32 PM
Is it nice place? I got a offer from westin for $169 for a five night stay.. Yes that's right $169 for 5 nights not per night for the whole stay....
can you post a picture of mailer?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Club2000 on April 22, 2015, 02:21:53 PM
anyone going to be in cancun Playa area next week? please pm if you can

thank
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: helpusout on April 22, 2015, 02:40:08 PM
Are there any hotels near Kosher food for a shabbos stay? I would rather not eat in our room.
Or is it better to go during the week only?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on April 22, 2015, 05:55:05 PM
Are there any hotels near Kosher food for a shabbos stay? I would rather not eat in our room.
Or is it better to go during the week only?
chabad has beautiful minyanim and meals/kiddush on shabbos, and they are near to a bunch of hotels (including the bare bones aloft). the Westin Lagunamar is about a 45 minute walk (simple up a road then a turn) which can be done if u dont have a baby. also, the lagunamar has electric stoves in every room, and i wonder if it is possible to leave one "fire" on all shabbos on low and use that (with a flipped pan or whatever) to heat things up and u can then eat in your dining room. Chabad also delivers great shabbos food (though not cheap).
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: JayR on May 04, 2015, 02:27:33 PM
Anyone with experience at the IHG in Cancun?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on May 06, 2015, 10:00:19 AM
Is this time of year off-season in cancun? Has anyone been there this time of year? Would the beaches and pools be generally empty or pretty full?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: CS91 on May 06, 2015, 10:34:34 AM
Is this time of year off-season in cancun? Has anyone been there this time of year? Would the beaches and pools be generally empty or pretty full?

I was there in May last year. I wouldn't say empty, but I don't think it's high season. Got a fair amount of rain, but once it cleared up, people were out and about again.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on May 06, 2015, 10:43:01 AM
I was there in May last year. I wouldn't say empty, but I don't think it's high season. Got a fair amount of rain, but once it cleared up, people were out and about again.

Where did you stay
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: CS91 on May 06, 2015, 10:49:13 AM
Where did you stay

Hyatt Zilara. Highly recommend it.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on May 06, 2015, 11:52:16 AM
Thinking about the Westin, anyone stay there recently?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on May 06, 2015, 03:18:07 PM
Is this time of year off-season in cancun? Has anyone been there this time of year? Would the beaches and pools be generally empty or pretty full?
I was there last July was very hot and humid but great weather for the pool and beach.

We stayed at the Westin it was at full capacity but did not feel crowded as it it a very spacious hotel.

Go with the extra 1500 points per night for the one bedroom suite.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on May 06, 2015, 03:30:26 PM
Which westin did you stay at
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on May 06, 2015, 04:03:54 PM
Which westin did you stay at

I beleive he is referring to the Westin Lagunamar (http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=5646)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on May 06, 2015, 09:49:50 PM
I beleive he is referring to the Westin Lagunamar (http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=5646)


Figure. I was referring to the other westin in the wiki
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: JayR on May 06, 2015, 09:56:38 PM
Thinking about the Westin, anyone stay there recently?

I absolutely hated the Lagunamar. Yes, it's newer that the regular Westin, and has huge pools... but that's pretty much where it ends.

The Lagunamar is meant to be a time-share place, and it shows. There are only 2 "room types" - a 1-bedroom "condo" and a 2-bedroom "condo" - so forget about getting upgraded to a suite... they don't even exist. They're breathtakingly cheap on everything from shampoo to bottled water, and stingy with early check-in and late check-out. A good deal of the place is plastered with advertisements for "Starwood Vacation Ownership", which (IMHO) takes away from the experience - I want to feel like I'm at a resort, not a timeshare convention.

The other Westin is a bit dated, doesn't have great pools, and is all the way at the end of the hotel zone (so location isn't great), but at least it feels like a real resort. Plus with 2-hour happy hours where you can get all the free cocktails you can drink, what's not to like? >:D
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on May 06, 2015, 10:16:26 PM
Thanks,  that is helpful. Did you stay at both?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: JayR on May 07, 2015, 01:51:10 AM
Thanks,  that is helpful. Did you stay at both?
None. Planning a trip soon and probably staying at Lagunamar and IHG.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on May 07, 2015, 06:17:46 AM
Reading through this thread,  looked like someone stayed at the regular westin, perhaps elitemayven?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on May 07, 2015, 11:43:29 AM
Which westin did you stay at
Lagunamar.

It is a much bigger and nicer hotel especially if you book the 1 bedroom suite (full kitchen and dining table).
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on May 07, 2015, 09:24:21 PM



Stayed in crappy Westin near the airport since Lagunamar wasn't available, they charged 8k a night since basic room wasn't available, upgraded upon arrival to RBC for $30/night, still crap.


Are you referring to this? http://www.starwoodhotels.com/preferredguest/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1092

Seems like a good deal for 7k points, and website looks good
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lybbtthl on May 08, 2015, 01:28:04 AM

Are you referring to this? http://www.starwoodhotels.com/preferredguest/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=1092

Seems like a good deal for 7k points, and website looks good
trust me it's crap. photos make it look good
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on May 08, 2015, 01:40:11 AM
trust me it's crap. photos make it look good
Ok,  thanks.  Do you know anything about the intercontinental? Seems like a pretty good deal at 25k
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: JayR on May 08, 2015, 02:30:59 AM
Ok,  thanks.  Do you know anything about the intercontinental? Seems like a pretty good deal at 25k
Off peak, it's only 12.5k
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on May 08, 2015, 09:30:45 AM
Off peak, it's only 12.5k
Awesome. Now we need to make sure it is nice.... Anyone been there?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on May 08, 2015, 09:43:05 AM
Based on this FT thread, doesn't seem too great http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/intercontinental-hotels-ihg-rewards-club-intercontinental-ambassador/384676-ic-presidente-cancun-resort-master-thread-merged-4.html
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: JayR on May 08, 2015, 12:35:17 PM
Saw this: http://iristina.blogspot.com/2015/03/cancun-mexico-intercontinental.html
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 10, 2015, 10:59:11 AM
Hyatt Playa, opening 06/01, category 5
http://playadelcarmen.hyatthotels.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on May 10, 2015, 08:18:06 PM
Awesome. Now we need to make sure it is nice.... Anyone been there?

Do people here not know how to read?! How many times do I have to say that I've stayed at both?! :o
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on May 10, 2015, 08:24:40 PM
Do people here not know how to read?! How many times do I have to say that I've stayed at both?! :o
Look back.  We were discussing the intercontinental
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on May 11, 2015, 01:38:21 AM
Look back.  We were discussing the intercontinental

Nope. You look back. ;)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on May 11, 2015, 07:52:47 AM
Ok,  thanks.  Do you know anything about the intercontinental? Seems like a pretty good deal at 25k

Off peak, it's only 12.5k

Awesome. Now we need to make sure it is nice.... Anyone been there?

Look back.  We were discussing the intercontinental

Nope. You look back. ;)
I looked back for you
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on May 11, 2015, 10:02:22 AM
I looked back for you

Oops. My bad, I quoted the wrong post. :-[

I meant this one:

Thinking about the Westin, anyone stay there recently?

Read from there onward, including the part where someone quotes me.

Oh, and 3 posts later, you wonder aloud who it could have been that stayed at the regular Westin. :P
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on May 11, 2015, 10:24:53 AM
Oops. My bad, I quoted the wrong post. :-[

I meant this one:

Read from there onward, including the part where someone quotes me.

Oh, and 3 posts later, you wonder aloud who it could have been that stayed at the regular Westin.
Bottom line,  I was referring to the intercontinental and you got confused,  but that's ok
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: JayR on May 12, 2015, 01:06:31 AM
IHG just went up to 30k for some nights in May. Anyone been to IHG on Cozumel?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on May 13, 2015, 12:56:20 PM
I emailed the Westin LAGUNAMAR asking for an upgrade as a gold SPG member, and I was told, "As a villa property, we are unable to offer select SPG® elite member benefits including free upgrades, Suite Night Awards, late check-outs..."

Does that make sense?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on May 13, 2015, 01:04:08 PM
I emailed the Westin LAGUNAMAR asking for an upgrade as a gold SPG member, and I was told, "As a villa property, we are unable to offer select SPG® elite member benefits including free upgrades, Suite Night Awards, late check-outs..."

Does that make sense?
Yes, timeshare properties are harder with getting elite benefits
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on May 13, 2015, 01:07:05 PM
Does it help to ask at checkin
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on May 13, 2015, 01:47:10 PM
Does it help to ask at checkin
probably not as a gold or even plat. they make the point all over the website, and its an exception in SPG terms. these types of resorts have "limited participation". did you reserve a studio and u want a 1br? bc those are the only types of rooms (a 2br is really just a 1br with studio attached next door)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on May 13, 2015, 02:25:12 PM
I emailed the Westin LAGUNAMAR asking for an upgrade as a gold SPG member, and I was told, "As a villa property, we are unable to offer select SPG® elite member benefits including free upgrades, Suite Night Awards, late check-outs..."

Does that make sense?
I got late checkout as a gold member.

They only have 2 room types a studio suite and a 1 bedroom suite (the 2 bedroom suite is just the 2 connected).
When using points it only cost 1500 points extra per night to book the one bedroom suite so you don't need to try your luck at check-in.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: JayR on May 13, 2015, 02:34:18 PM
Can't find an address for Menfis in Playa. Anyone has it?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on May 13, 2015, 02:35:12 PM
Can't find an address for Menfis in Playa. Anyone has it?
WIYF
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: JayR on May 13, 2015, 02:38:36 PM
I got late checkout as a gold member.

They only have 2 room types a studio suite and a 1 bedroom suite (the 2 bedroom suite is just the 2 connected).
When using points it only cost 1500 points extra per night to book the one bedroom suite so you don't need to try your luck at check-in.
Does the hotel offer water activities? snorkel, jet ski?

WIYF
Ok. Yelp and tripadvisor had different addresses
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on May 13, 2015, 02:58:10 PM
Does the hotel offer water activities? snorkel, jet ski?

I don't remember them offering any of that. Pretty sure that there were random vendors set up on the beach for that.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: JayR on May 13, 2015, 05:57:14 PM
Tried making reservation online at the Red Heifer and received this email:

Quote
Hi JayR,

We are in the process of moving a few yards away. We will reopen in middle of next week Beezrat Hashem for take out only.  We will have our restaurant ready for dine in within the next few weeks. Chabad is currently accommodating our customers.   

All the best,
Yehudit
Kosherluxus.com
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on May 13, 2015, 08:33:30 PM
probably not as a gold or even plat. they make the point all over the website, and its an exception in SPG terms. these types of resorts have "limited participation". did you reserve a studio and u want a 1br? bc those are the only types of rooms (a 2br is really just a 1br with studio attached next door)
How much better is the 1br than studio? Is it just a second room? Different amenities?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: eskay on May 14, 2015, 08:45:17 AM
How much better is the 1br than studio? Is it just a second room? Different amenities?

suite has another bedroom and the kitchen is a full sized one. Also the studio only has a queen and the 1 bedroom has one king and one king
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on May 14, 2015, 01:17:18 PM
How much better is the 1br than studio? Is it just a second room? Different amenities?
Double the size.
Full kitchen, Dining room, 2 bathrooms, etc.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on May 14, 2015, 01:21:23 PM
How much better is the 1br than studio? Is it just a second room? Different amenities?

MUCH BETTER! Look at the descriptions online and the pics for both. 1BR is almost 2X the size of the studio.

Link to Studio (http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/rooms/room_class_detail.html?propertyID=5646&roomClassId=1013232177)

Link to One Bedroom (http://www.starwoodhotels.com/westin/property/rooms/room_class_detail.html?propertyID=5646&roomClassId=1013232244)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: JayR on May 14, 2015, 05:55:43 PM
I emailed the Westin LAGUNAMAR asking for an upgrade as a gold SPG member, and I was told, "As a villa property, we are unable to offer select SPG® elite member benefits including free upgrades, Suite Night Awards, late check-outs..."

Does that make sense?
Got the same response when I called in. Though CS did say that corner studios are bigger and to ask for those at check in.

Also the studio only has a queen and the 1 bedroom has one king and one king
-1. Has king + sofa


Anyone took ferries from Playa to Cozumal? Link in WIKI says 45 minutes, but I'm hearing reviews of close to 2 hours!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: MnM1130 on May 17, 2015, 11:16:22 PM
Off peak, it's only 12.5k
where do you see 12.5k? i only see 30k and i think its off peak - june 1-4
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on May 18, 2015, 07:53:26 AM


Anyone took ferries from Playa to Cozumal? Link in WIKI says 45 minutes, but I'm hearing reviews of close to 2 hours!

It was a while ago but it was definitely closer to 1hr that 2hrs.

Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: JayR on May 18, 2015, 03:11:38 PM
where do you see 12.5k? i only see 30k and i think its off peak - june 1-4

You missed it
IHG just went up to 30k for some nights in May. Anyone been to IHG on Cozumel?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on May 18, 2015, 03:15:25 PM
It was a while ago but it was definitely closer to 1hr that 2hrs.

COZUMEL FERRY INFORMATION (http://www.cozumel-tours.com/cozumel-ferry-schedule.htm)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on May 27, 2015, 12:21:24 PM
Need some help here. I am scheduled to go to Cancun next week, Mon-Weds, and now it looks like it will rain the entire next week. Does it usually rain just for a few minutes, or is it usually an all day storm?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on May 31, 2015, 12:42:12 AM
Ok, so we are still going.  If we go to walmart,  what snacks are kosher? Are most kosher items the Mexican hashgacha, or American? Is it correct that coke is kosher but not diet coke?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: CS91 on May 31, 2015, 12:45:14 AM
Need some help here. I am scheduled to go to Cancun next week, Mon-Weds, and now it looks like it will rain the entire next week. Does it usually rain just for a few minutes, or is it usually an all day storm?

We went in May last year. Usually rained for about a half an hour and then cleared up. But it did rain 4/5 days that we were there.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on May 31, 2015, 01:23:43 AM
Ok, so we are still going.  If we go to walmart,  what snacks are kosher? Are most kosher items the Mexican hashgacha, or American? Is it correct that coke is kosher but not diet coke?
looks like acc to crc only reg coke is ok, but lots of pepsi options, i assume some are diet. http://www.crcweb.org/Beverage%20List.pdf

there were some kosher us snacks in walmart, and iirc kosher orange juice (not tropicana, the other big brand). if u will be in the westin lagunamar, there were (i went in Jan 2014) a bunch of kosher us items in their cute little shop, and i dont think there was that much more in Walmart, so not sure its worth the shlep to walmart (unless u will go to Sams Club and Costco too for their essentials).
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on May 31, 2015, 02:03:27 AM
looks like acc to crc only reg coke is ok, but lots of pepsi options, i assume some are diet. http://www.crcweb.org/Beverage%20List.pdf

there were some kosher us snacks in walmart, and iirc kosher orange juice (not tropicana, the other big brand). if u will be in the westin lagunamar, there were (i went in Jan 2014) a bunch of kosher us items in their cute little shop, and i dont think there was that much more in Walmart, so not sure its worth the shlep to walmart (unless u will go to Sams Club and Costco too for their essentials).
Thanks. Looks like all Pepsi items are good. 
Would you recommend bringing all food with us and not even bothering buying food there?
What about Starbucks? Can you drink the milk? Is chalav Stam ok in Mexico
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: JayR on May 31, 2015, 05:41:46 AM
Would you recommend bringing all food with us and not even bothering buying food there? 
I brought a loaf of bread, bags of chips, candy, and gum all in a carry on. Definitely made it easier for the first day.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on May 31, 2015, 08:10:36 AM
I brought a loaf of bread, bags of chips, candy, and gum all in a carry on. Definitely made it easier for the first day.
Since we are going for only 3 days and flying wn,  I am thinking to bring everything. Am I crazy
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on May 31, 2015, 12:03:54 PM
Does Mexico use the same voltage as USA? Do I need any adapter?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Emkay on May 31, 2015, 12:28:05 PM
Does Mexico use the same voltage as USA? Do I need any adapter?
Same
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on May 31, 2015, 08:47:46 PM
Thanks. Looks like all Pepsi items are good. 
Would you recommend bringing all food with us and not even bothering buying food there?
What about Starbucks? Can you drink the milk? Is chalav Stam ok in Mexico
actually didnt go to starbucks, there was coffee in room at westin and i bought kosher milk (though i think it was chalav stam with a KA). we spent lots of time at haagen dazs' (one across the street and one on the way to the chabad house), all their drums had an OU (but u should check when u go), so we relied on them giving us with their spoon (your LOR may have different standards).
there are some restrictions so see thread etc. about what you can and cant bring.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on June 01, 2015, 01:27:15 PM
Does sams club or Costco or Walmart sell kosher meat or chicken
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on June 01, 2015, 06:15:55 PM
Does sams club or Costco or Walmart sell kosher meat or chicken
Found out the answer... No
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on June 01, 2015, 08:57:53 PM
Does sams club or Costco or Walmart sell kosher meat or chicken
hotel 770 in Playa has meat, chicken and Cholov yisroel (shelf) milk,
Might be worth a trip down for you.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: JayR on June 03, 2015, 09:41:55 PM
My TR :D

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=52392.0

This thread helped me immensely, so thank you all for sharing!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on June 03, 2015, 10:05:31 PM
Would you recommend bringing all food with us and not even bothering buying food there?

Something to consider: kashrus aside, it's worth bringing as much as you can from a practical standpoint - do you really wanna waste precious hours in CUN schlepping around buying food? The less "errands" you have, the better.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on June 03, 2015, 10:07:20 PM
Is chalav Stam ok in Mexico

If there's no hechsher, I don't think so. Standards of (government) supervision are quite different than the U.S.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: mochada on June 03, 2015, 11:59:01 PM
Did the Westin Lagunamar go up in category? I am looking at dates and it costs 16k/night. Wiki says 10k/night
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on June 04, 2015, 01:24:02 AM
My TR :D

http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=52392.0

Fantastic TR, Ya'asher Koach!

Did the Westin Lagunamar go up in category? I am looking at dates and it costs 16k/night. Wiki says 10k/night
Yes, went up one category this year, so in high season goes up to 16k (low season is 12k). should fix wiki.
Something to consider: kashrus aside, it's worth bringing as much as you can from a practical standpoint - do you really wanna waste precious hours in CUN schlepping around buying food? The less "errands" you have, the better.
Good point, though if u are staying for a week or more i think its worth it to make a quick 2 hour trek to sams/costco (unless you bring 2 suitcases of food).
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on June 04, 2015, 02:37:41 AM
If there's no hechsher, I don't think so. Standards of (government) supervision are quite different than the U.S.
Just came back from a 3 day trip. Will try to post a small tr
Something to consider: kashrus aside, it's worth bringing as much as you can from a practical standpoint - do you really wanna waste precious hours in CUN schlepping around buying food? The less "errands" you have, the better.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ShlockDoc on June 04, 2015, 04:11:42 PM
Did the Westin Lagunamar go up in category? I am looking at dates and it costs 16k/night. Wiki says 10k/night

I just called and they wanted 14k for the king suite.  I only need one night on my way to the airport so booked Aloft for 5k.

Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on June 05, 2015, 07:23:46 AM
I just called and they wanted 14k for the king suite.  I only need one night on my way to the airport so booked Aloft for 5k.
I got a king suite upgrade,  but it took alot of work
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Here to learn on June 14, 2015, 06:05:30 PM
After reading this thread, i still cant figure out weather its worth renting a car, or busing/taxing everywhere i need to go.
I'll be staying at the westin Lagunamar for 4 nights and i would like to go out to eat 4 out of the 8 meals that ill be there,
including once or twice to playa. otherwise ill be probably staying more less put.

so if someone can please give me advice weather its worth renting or not it would be appreciated.
Thanks
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: JayR on June 14, 2015, 06:35:44 PM
After reading this thread, i still cant figure out weather its worth renting a car, or busing/taxing everywhere i need to go.
I'll be staying at the westin Lagunamar for 4 nights and i would like to go out to eat 4 out of the 8 meals that ill be there,
including once or twice to playa. otherwise ill be probably staying more less put.

so if someone can please give me advice weather its worth renting or not it would be appreciated.
Thanks
Family or a couple?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Here to learn on June 14, 2015, 07:06:04 PM
Family or a couple?
A couple
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on June 14, 2015, 08:14:53 PM
If you were staying totally local I would say no need to rent a car, but if you are planning on going to Playa, I am not sure how much a cab there would cost.

I rented when I went with wife and kids. Easier with kids but it wasn't necessary. We stayed pretty local other than a trip to Walmart and could have done without it.

The only hassle part is picking up and dripping off the car which can add 30-60 minutes on each end. Other than that no real downsides. Wasn't very expensive to rent
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Here to learn on June 14, 2015, 08:52:22 PM
If you were staying totally local I would say no need to rent a car, but if you are planning on going to Playa, I am not sure how much a cab there would cost.

I rented when I went with wife and kids. Easier with kids but it wasn't necessary. We stayed pretty local other than a trip to Walmart and could have done without it.

The only hassle part is picking up and dripping off the car which can add 30-60 minutes on each end. Other than that no real downsides. Wasn't very expensive to rent
Thank you for that.
Did you to playa at all? What did you do about food?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on June 14, 2015, 08:56:17 PM
After reading this thread, i still cant figure out weather its worth renting a car, or busing/taxing everywhere i need to go.
I'll be staying at the westin Lagunamar for 4 nights and i would like to go out to eat 4 out of the 8 meals that ill be there,
including once or twice to playa. otherwise ill be probably staying more less put.

so if someone can please give me advice weather its worth renting or not it would be appreciated.
Thanks
Use buses
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on June 15, 2015, 09:27:14 AM
Thank you for that.
Did you to playa at all? What did you do about food?

I did not do Playa this time. I went with my kids and we pretty  much chilled at the hotel the whole time.

Since my kids don't do well at restaurants we bring most of the food with us. The 1BR at Lagunamar has a full kitchen so we prepared a lot of food at home and froze it before the trip and then warmed it up over there. (NOTE: There is NO oven in the kitchen only a microwave/oven)

We went to Walmart for all the produce and drinks.

Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on June 15, 2015, 09:33:19 AM
Use buses

Still not sure why so many people  say not to rent a car specifically in Cancun. Sure you do not NEED a car but if you are planning to leave the hotel zone to go to Playa Del Carmen or anywhere else, why not rent a car.

I paid $117 for 4 days including insurance... Round trip transportation to CUN would have been $85. Not much of a difference.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ShlockDoc on June 15, 2015, 09:41:07 AM
That's exactly our thinking. We're going next week for 9 days. The cars are so cheap to rent, we'll have it in the paring lot if we need it.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: bebeller on June 15, 2015, 10:37:21 AM
Dan after reading your forum on Cancun i have a few questions which maybe you can help me out with
for starters:
1)do i need a costco card in mexico
2)the red heifer recently moved - do you know where it is as i the guy i spoke to only speaks hebrew or Spanish and could not help with an address.
3)there is a kosher butcher on bonapak street downtown Cancun - on chabads website there is no address- do you know where i can find contact details and what type of meats they have there?
4) do the local places have a BBQ (walmart, samsclub etc) from what you have seen,
5) it seems that trip adviser charges a fortune for actives - do you know of any websites i should be looking at?
6) ive seen the post regarding airport delays - how much time do i need to allot before leaving to the air port from the strip with a car rental return in place.

last but not least:
7) are the ATM machines chip reader only or actual swipe - very important
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ShlockDoc on June 16, 2015, 06:47:35 PM
Is kosher meat available for purchase anywhere?  Going with the family on Sunday and want to plan in some BBQing.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on June 16, 2015, 07:40:41 PM
Is kosher meat available for purchase anywhere?
hotel770 in Playa has lots of meat.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ShlockDoc on June 17, 2015, 07:47:00 AM
Tyvm!  Has anyone take a guided tour of chichen itza?  I'm drying to decide if we should go ourselves or take a tour? 
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on June 17, 2015, 10:18:33 AM
This is my first TR here on DDF, so please let me know if this is too much or too little.

Day 1:
We took Southwest from BWI directly to Cancun, using points. The total cost was 25k plus $150 in taxes, RT for 2 people. We took most of our food with us and a sandwhich maker and George forman grill to cook with. We brought frozen raw chicken with us, to cook on the goerge forman, however, they took that away from us when we went through Mexican customs, even though they are only supposed to take away meat – not chicken. The Mexican customs guy told us there was some kind of bird virus so for a month or two, chicken is not permitted. They also took away sliced cheese, but let us keep the shredded cheese and cream cheese. I had read online about the mobs of people that surround you to offer you a ride, so I booked ahead with usa-transfers, which charged $55 RT for a private car that holds up to three people.

We stayed at the westin lagunamar, for 12k SPG per night. The base room is a queen bed studio suite. I emailed ahead and asked for a king bed, 1 bedroom upgrade, as a SPG gold member, but was given the standard response of “as an SPG villa property, we offer only limited SPG benefits”. I followed up and told them that “king beds are available as a standard request, in almost every hotel in the world, certainly in such a luxurious resort such as this”. I asked her to please forward my request to the manager, who responded that he would try.

Needless to say, when we arrived, we were told that no 1 bedrooms were available, and none would be available that day. I mentioned very politely that I had been told by the manager that he would try to accommodate me, and I asked if I would be able to speak to him. She responded that she did see the notes but that she was unable to give me an upgrade, as none were available. I asked again, if I could possibly speak to the manager, and somehow she found a room with a “maintenance issue that would be ready in a couple of hours”    Did I want to wait?” Clearly, she couldn’t identify me as a DDFer…. Of course we would wait.

Meanwhile, left out bags and took a bus over to Walmart and sams club to try to find some more chicken or meat, especially as it was raining and there was not much else to do. As I had been told by others, busses run up and down the strip every two minutes and charge 10 pesos per person (70 cents). About twenty minutes later, we arrived and I could not find any Kosher meat or chicken. We did pick up some eggs (which they don’t keep in the fridge, Mexican cream cheese with a KMD (which is softer and a bit more watery, but has a nice fresh taste), lox with a KMD, cereal and milk (with a KMD). Milk in Mexico really needs a hechsher, as I found out that they sometimes take out the fat and substitute vegetable oil. If not for google translate, I would have been totally lost trying to figure out what some things were. We also picked up soda and water (since the water in Mexico is not drinkable).

As an aside, we used the sprint free international data plan, and used goggle voice and face time for phone calls (on the hotel wi-fi), which worked well enough for our needs.

A taxi back to the hotel took about ten minutes and $14, which was pretty reasonable, and by the time we got back, our room was ready and thanks to the rain the entire day, the beach was empty, and we took advantage. When done, we walked across the street for Haagen Daaz.

Day 2:
After picking up Starbucks across the street (we didn’t check their milk for a hechsher, just used our own), we met with the concierge to get our SPG gold amenity, a nice beach bag, and she suggested that we take a ferry to Isla Mujeres, which we did. Since it was a bit late, we took a taxi for $20. There are two places to catch the ferry, and we were told to go to the farther one, Puerto Juarez, since it was cheaper. Apparently, the closer one charges tourist prices. We paid 146 pesos (or $12) per person, RT for the 30 minute ride. There is air conditioned lower deck and an open upper deck, and we chose the upper deck which allowed us to feel the cool breeze and see the gorgeous clear blue water.

Most tourists rent a golf cart to drive around the island, which we did as well. They will try to sell you a reservation before you get on the ferry, but don’t do it, there are plenty of places on the island and you will pay less.

Isla Mujeres is a really nice place to spend a day, there are lots of small shops, nice beaches and pretty views. There are also lots of small guest houses/motels and small bars and restaurants. We rented a golf cart for two hours and that was plenty to drive around including a half hour stop. Evidently, there are a lot of Israelis that visit, as we found lots of Hebrew writing. We even found a Chabad that appeared to serve meals on the upper level.

After taking the ferry back, we took a bus back to the hotel, and noticed that the pool was empty and in we went.

Day 3:
We got up early and headed right over to the beach, which was amazingly empty on a beautiful sunny day. After that and some Starbucks, it was time to pack up and go to the airport for our flight to BWI.
When we landed, we got to use our global entry for the first time (aside from multiple TSA precheck uses), which is awesome. We even went in front of the crew members.

I will post some pictures separately.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on June 17, 2015, 10:36:10 AM
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View of resort
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Chbad I found in Isla Mujeres
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Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on June 17, 2015, 10:37:34 AM
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View from our balcony

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Random store in Isla Mujeres

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Starbucks in Pesos (pretty close to normal price, in dollars)

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Clear blue water (taken on ferry)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: VacationLover on June 17, 2015, 10:56:36 AM
Nice TR, waiting for more pictures...
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on June 17, 2015, 10:59:18 AM
Nice TR, waiting for more pictures...
Just added one more. Will try to add more
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Here to learn on June 17, 2015, 06:25:22 PM
Nice TR.
What's the managers name that gave you the upgrade?
I'm a spg gold member as well, and will be staying there in 2 weeks. What's the best way to go about an upgrade?
You think you'll initial email helped?
What about milk? Did you avoid taking with you to Cancun for custom reasons?
And does each person have to hit a that button and determines if you get checked or not, or it goes by the family/group?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ShlockDoc on June 17, 2015, 06:28:21 PM
Great TR, lunatic, thank you!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on June 17, 2015, 09:47:27 PM
Nice TR, waiting for more pictures...
Thanks

Nice TR.
What's the managers name that gave you the upgrade?
I'm a spg gold member as well, and will be staying there in 2 weeks. What's the best way to go about an upgrade?
You think you'll initial email helped?
What about milk? Did you avoid taking with you to Cancun for custom reasons?
And does each person have to hit a that button and determines if you get checked or not, or it goes by the family/group?

I will pm you with the name.  Not sure the best way,  but mine worked (with a hassle). Milk needs a Hechsher,  but chalav Stam is readily available,  with a KMD. I don't know if customs lets you bring it,  they are pretty flaky. Each group hits the button and they look at the whole group. I suspect it is NOT random... Since they x-ray the bags first
Great TR, lunatic, thank you!
Your welcome,  hope it helps
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on June 17, 2015, 10:11:55 PM
What's the best way to go about an upgrade?
Pay the 1500 points per night, well worth it.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on June 17, 2015, 10:50:31 PM
Pay the 1500 points per night, well worth it.
They didn't offer that to me. They wanted 100 per night (instead of the normal 150)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on June 17, 2015, 11:55:31 PM

They didn't offer that to me. They wanted 100 per night (instead of the normal 150)

If you are reserving using SPG points it is 1,500 more points per night to book a 1 bedroom. You need to call to book it though.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: JayR on June 18, 2015, 02:38:39 AM
Nice TR lunatic. A couple questions:

Were you hounded by the airport like you expected?

How long was the taxi from the hotel to the ferry (Isla Mujeres)?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on June 18, 2015, 07:09:51 AM
Nice TR lunatic. A couple questions:

Were you hounded by the airport like you expected?

How long was the taxi from the hotel to the ferry (Isla Mujeres)?
Hounding was not as bad as I thought,  but tons of people try to help you and it's hard to know who is legit. Having transportation arranged in advance is very helpful.

Taxi to Puerto Juarez was 15-20 min,  and bus was like a half hour (and dirt cheap)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Sport on June 18, 2015, 10:05:45 AM
@lunatic nice tr. Thanks for sharing.
Has anyone had success booking the
Hyatt Zilara with hgp? All dates I've looked at are not availble.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on June 18, 2015, 12:08:11 PM
@lunatic nice tr. Thanks for sharing.
Has anyone had success booking the
Hyatt Zilara with hgp? All dates I've looked at are not availble.

Recently helped a friend book for next week.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Sport on June 18, 2015, 12:10:22 PM
Just helped a friend book for next week.
Any tricks, I looked at many diffent dates but cant find anything. Isn'tThere basic room is a junior suite ?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on June 18, 2015, 02:29:49 PM
Any tricks, I looked at many diffent dates but cant find anything. Isn'tThere basic room is a junior suite ?

You need to call 866-567-7830 to book. I believe the room called "Hyatt Zilara Junior Suite King" is the one you can book with 25k points.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on June 18, 2015, 02:32:39 PM
Nice TR, hope you enjoyed.. Doesnt look like you had much sun from those pics though!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Sport on June 18, 2015, 02:34:43 PM
You need to call 866-567-7830 to book. I believe the room called "Hyatt Zilara Junior Suite King" is the one you can book with 25k points.
Great, that room is availble for the dates I want. Thanks.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on June 18, 2015, 02:54:43 PM
Nice TR, hope you enjoyed.. Doesnt look like you had much sun from those pics though!
Thanks. Day one was raining,  but the next two were all sunny. We both got burned
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Here to learn on June 18, 2015, 03:50:49 PM
Pay the 1500 points per night, well worth it.
I just called spg gold and they said that this hotel doesn't have the option of upgrading for 1,500 a night.
The next next level up is for 14,500 points a night, which is the 1 king room.

When did you get an upgrade for 1,500?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on June 18, 2015, 03:57:44 PM
I just called spg gold and they said that this hotel doesn't have the option of upgrading for 1,500 a night.
The next next level up is for 14,500 points a night, which is the 1 king room.

When did you get an upgrade for 1,500?
Maybe it went up to 2500 with the category change.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Here to learn on June 21, 2015, 01:40:15 AM
Has anyone been to the cirque du soleil JOYÁ recently?
Is it reccomemned?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: snagger on June 22, 2015, 03:47:32 PM
Is the hyatt zilara definitely nicer/more exciting than the westin lagunamar? Anybody stay at both? 
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: robbie on June 22, 2015, 03:52:30 PM
Is the hyatt zilara definitely nicer/more exciting than the westin lagunamar? Anybody stay at both? 

I stayed at the hyatt zilara and only stopped in to check out the westin. The hyatt is in a different league. IMO
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on June 22, 2015, 04:00:19 PM
How do the pools compare?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: robbie on June 24, 2015, 11:38:29 AM
How do the pools compare?
I did not go to the westin pool.. but i can assure you the hyatt was amazing
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yanky88 on June 25, 2015, 10:38:15 AM
Just Booked Westin Lagunamar for week  September 23, does anyone have experience with that time of year, in regard to weather, and activities.

Thanks.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: snagger on June 25, 2015, 01:50:11 PM
Just Booked Westin Lagunamar for week  September 23, does anyone have experience with that time of year, in regard to weather, and activities.

Thanks.
I guess being that September 23rd is yom kippur, you won't have much of a problem as far as food..
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: abo456 on June 25, 2015, 02:16:48 PM
What's recommended for ground travel, rent a car or take public transit?

I'm looking at staying in playa Del Carmen and taking day trips to tulum, coba, chichen itza. I hear public transit is cheap but I imagine more inconvenient than a car. And what's anyone's experience driving in mexico? I've heard mixed reviews about driving in mexico and about bring ripped off renting a car.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 25, 2015, 02:19:49 PM
Definitely a car.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: abo456 on June 25, 2015, 03:21:43 PM
Definitely a car.

But then I read stuff like this that scares me: https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20130504150740AAUDw4P (https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20130504150740AAUDw4P)

Does this match any ones experience? Or is yahoo answers being overly dramatic?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yanky88 on June 25, 2015, 08:09:06 PM
I guess being that September 23rd is yom kippur, you won't have much of a problem as far as food..

Ops.. i guess i missed that one, just rescheduled.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on June 25, 2015, 08:51:00 PM
What's recommended for ground travel, rent a car or take public transit?

I'm looking at staying in playa Del Carmen and taking day trips to tulum, coba, chichen itza. I hear public transit is cheap but I imagine more inconvenient than a car. And what's anyone's experience driving in mexico? I've heard mixed reviews about driving in mexico and about bring ripped off renting a car.
If staying in cancun, you don't need a car.  I would suggest that you get one
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ShlockDoc on June 26, 2015, 10:45:01 AM
What's recommended for ground travel, rent a car or take public transit?

I'm looking at staying in playa Del Carmen and taking day trips to tulum, coba, chichen itza. I hear public transit is cheap but I imagine more inconvenient than a car. And what's anyone's experience driving in mexico? I've heard mixed reviews about driving in mexico and about bring ripped off renting a car.

I'm in cancun now with the same kind of vacation you're describing. I'll write a TR when I get back but you'll definitely need a car. They are super cheap though.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 26, 2015, 11:07:47 AM
Just make sure to take pics of damages when you get the car.
And don't speed. If you do speed make sure you have some cash to bribe.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on June 26, 2015, 11:23:58 AM
I got a car for $4 a day in CUN, next time I go I wont be renting one. Would rather take the bus or walk.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on June 26, 2015, 11:26:56 AM
I got a car for $4 a day in CUN, next time I go I wont be renting one. Would rather take the bus or walk.
Agreed. Didn't regret at all not renting
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on June 26, 2015, 11:29:48 AM
It's not complicated. If you just want to stay in CUN then there's no reason to rent.
If you want to explore you should definitely rent.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yitzyul on June 29, 2015, 11:12:36 AM
I plan on going to Cancun next week, any suggestions which hotels? (Only nice 4star+). I don't want to pay too much or I can use points)
I Have SPG, AMex or chase.
Westin Lagunamar  is showing no available dates (only for Sun)
I was also thinking of maybe going to Playa for 1 day not sure if I should sleep over or just do a day visit?
Thank You
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Here to learn on June 29, 2015, 04:43:58 PM
I plan on going to Cancun next week, any suggestions which hotels? (Only nice 4star+). I don't want to pay too much or I can use points)
I Have SPG, AMex or chase.
Westin Lagunamar  is showing no available dates (only for Sun)
I was also thinking of maybe going to Playa for 1 day not sure if I should sleep over or just do a day visit?
Thank You
Did you call Spg to see if they have availability? Because their website often shows there isn't, when really there is. (Often they have the option of points and money).
Another option is to buy the Hyatt free nights (assuming you don't have), the Hyatt here is beautiful!
I'm in cancun now but not sure if I'm going to make it to playa, if I do I'll let you know what I suggest.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yitzyul on June 29, 2015, 10:09:52 PM
Did you call Spg to see if they have availability? Because their website often shows there isn't, when really there is. (Often they have the option of points and money).
Another option is to buy the Hyatt free nights (assuming you don't have), the Hyatt here is beautiful!
I'm in cancun now but not sure if I'm going to make it to playa, if I do I'll let you know what I suggest.

I called SPG this AM and they didn't have, I Tried a few minutes ago and they had for 16K a night and had to do it in 2 separate reservations(?) don't know if the upgrade is worth it (18K a night). Was wondering for 16K if I should just Priceline for about $130 I can get a 5 star hotel (nameless at this point)?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on June 29, 2015, 10:13:28 PM
I called SPG this AM and they didn't have, I Tried a few minutes ago and they had for 16K a night and had to do it in 2 separate reservations(?) don't know if the upgrade is worth it (18K a night). Was wondering for 16K if I should just Priceline for about $130 I can get a 5 star hotel (nameless at this point)?
Should be 12k not 16k. Is that for an upgraded room
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ShlockDoc on June 29, 2015, 10:15:39 PM
Should be 12k not 16k. Is that for an upgraded room

I paid 14,500 and got a one bedroom.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on June 29, 2015, 10:27:09 PM
Should be 12k not 16k. Is that for an upgraded room
After July 1 is goes to high season 16k for standard room.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on June 29, 2015, 10:27:54 PM
I called SPG this AM and they didn't have, I Tried a few minutes ago and they had for 16K a night and had to do it in 2 separate reservations(?) don't know if the upgrade is worth it (18K a night).
Upgrade is worth every point.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ShlockDoc on June 30, 2015, 10:48:35 AM
While I was checking out, I bumped into a nice Chabad couple who were in the process of upgrading their room.  If you are reading this, I'm sorry I didn't bump into you 5 minutes earlier when I gave a stranger my unused free drink coupon.  Oh well, maybe next time, enjoy your vacation!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on June 30, 2015, 12:49:43 PM
Cancun is awesome,

Going back for 3rd time in 12 months.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: zow on June 30, 2015, 02:00:53 PM
We're very excited about our first trip to Cancun, scheduled for February.
We have five nights at the Westin Lagunamar, which we got for 48,000 points (4 x 12,000/night; before the devaluation).
This is for a studio villa.  We would love to upgrade to a 1BR (or even 2BR) suite.

What's the best way? Call them?

And if so, how many points will it cost to get the 1BR? An additional 2,500/night, or total 10,000?

Thanks for all your help.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on June 30, 2015, 02:34:14 PM
We're very excited about our first trip to Cancun, scheduled for February.
We have five nights at the Westin Lagunamar, which we got for 48,000 points (4 x 12,000/night; before the devaluation).
This is for a studio villa.  We would love to upgrade to a 1BR (or even 2BR) suite.

What's the best way? Call them?

And if so, how many points will it cost to get the 1BR? An additional 2,500/night, or total 10,000?

Thanks for all your help.
12k is post deval.

Used to be 10k its now 12-16k depending on season.

should be about 2500 point to upgrade.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: zow on June 30, 2015, 03:25:15 PM
12k is post deval.

Used to be 10k its now 12-16k depending on season.

should be about 2500 point to upgrade.

Thanks. And I presume the only way to get this upgrade is to PUTPAC?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on June 30, 2015, 03:25:44 PM
Thanks. And I presume the only way to get this upgrade is to PUTPAC?
Email works too
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yitzyul on June 30, 2015, 04:46:48 PM
How does renting a car in Cancun work?

National has full size for $17 a day? Do I need to purchase insurance (chase sapphire) Liability? Can I trust the big brands such as National in Cancun. I know Dan sais not a big deal to rent in Cancun but on TA you can read horror stories.
How is parking? easy? secure? I don't really plan on driving that much, but If I wanted to go to palya and Cozumel the taxi back and forth will cost about the same as the rent a car for 4 days!
TY
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on June 30, 2015, 05:23:00 PM
How does renting a car in Cancun work?

National has full size for $17 a day? Do I need to purchase insurance (chase sapphire) Liability? Can I trust the big brands such as National in Cancun. I know Dan sais not a big deal to rent in Cancun but on TA you can read horror stories.
How is parking? easy? secure? I don't really plan on driving that much, but If I wanted to go to palya and Cozumel the taxi back and forth will cost about the same as the rent a car for 4 days!
TY

leave it parked in the hotel. take buses or walk for local activities
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on July 01, 2015, 12:05:29 PM
How does renting a car in Cancun work?

National has full size for $17 a day? Do I need to purchase insurance (chase sapphire) Liability? Can I trust the big brands such as National in Cancun. I know Dan sais not a big deal to rent in Cancun but on TA you can read horror stories.
How is parking? easy? secure? I don't really plan on driving that much, but If I wanted to go to palya and Cozumel the taxi back and forth will cost about the same as the rent a car for 4 days!
TY

National is fine. You need to pay $15/day for Third Party Liability. Your primary insurance or CC does not work for liability.

Parking is not an issue nor is renting.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on July 03, 2015, 07:54:51 AM
Went to Red Heifer yesterday.

Food was good but nothing to write home about.
Was quite pricey as well.

Also they are in the process of moving to a new hotel and its not ready yet so they are just operating out of a banquet room in the basement of the new hotel (no windows, lots of stairs to go down with no elevator).
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ethana on July 03, 2015, 12:37:32 PM
is the kosher luxus still open? Whats the hashgacha?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on July 03, 2015, 12:50:05 PM
is the kosher luxus still open? Whats the hashgacha?
Went to Red Heifer yesterday.

Food was good but nothing to write home about.
Was quite pricey as well.

Also they are in the process of moving to a new hotel and its not ready yet so they are just operating out of a banquet room in the basement of the new hotel (no windows, lots of stairs to go down with no elevator).
Kosher luxus = Red Heifer
Regarding hecsher see the wiki
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ethana on July 03, 2015, 01:10:02 PM
Thanks
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on July 05, 2015, 10:27:47 AM
Dan-
Any tips on doing the Fairmont with 3 small kids ?
You said it worth schlepping up to second fl vs getting suite on ground fl ? (They only have 1 ground fl suite in whole resort).
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on July 05, 2015, 11:39:45 AM
Kosher luxus = Red Heifer
Regarding hecsher see the wiki

Which hotel?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Here to learn on July 05, 2015, 01:54:13 PM
Which hotel?
Krystal hotel.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yanky88 on July 05, 2015, 04:57:56 PM
Can anyone clarify the law regarding bringing meat products from US?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on July 05, 2015, 05:00:18 PM

Can anyone clarify the law regarding bringing meat products from US?

Not allowed. Will get confiscated if found.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on July 05, 2015, 05:10:37 PM
IMO its worth the risk. Even though its not allowed. Ive been lucky & so has other friends of mine. Just have it packed in a container w no wording on the outside sticker. POM knows the melacha.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: robbie on July 05, 2015, 05:12:40 PM
Can anyone clarify the law regarding bringing meat products from US?
there is a little stand when going into cancun, you hit it and its either green or red. Green your good to go and red they check your bags. Complete 50/50
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on July 05, 2015, 05:14:37 PM
Exactly, best way to go about it is to split the food 50/50 & hope at least 1 of you gets green
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on July 05, 2015, 05:15:58 PM
there is a little stand when going into cancun, you hit it and its either green or red. Green your good to go and red they check your bags. Complete 50/50
I got green and they took me to the side saying kosher food...
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on July 05, 2015, 05:17:41 PM
Explain more in depth please... They opened your suitcases & inspected what was inside? Did you have meat? If yes what happened?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ShlockDoc on July 05, 2015, 05:28:46 PM
I got green and they took me to the side saying kosher food...

Same here. Got green but was taken aside.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on July 05, 2015, 05:36:49 PM
Explain more in depth please... They opened your suitcases & inspected what was inside? Did you have meat? If yes what happened?
They opened and started looking on everything didn't have meat only dairy stuff, she didn't know herself what she was looking for after a couple minutes she took out 2 sort of cheeses looked again on them took away one and gave back the other
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on July 05, 2015, 05:42:19 PM
Similar sitch here, he opened it up.. I put all the bread on top though.. All the meats on the bottom.. He saw penne ala vodka.. He asks me whats this vodka? I said a kosher flavor.. He said ohhhhhh kosher! Close & go! I got red btw
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on July 05, 2015, 06:11:19 PM
Got pulled over for (allegedly) gong 4km over speed limit.
Same shpiel of all you tourist have no respect etc.

Took Dan's advice and started with $10 ended up giving 280 pesos ($19 usd)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on July 05, 2015, 06:15:48 PM
To clarify for everyone.
Cancun has 2 inspections X-ray and when they go through your stuff.

The green light lets you bypass the X-rays but if they suspect food (frum people) they will pull you over anyway.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yitzyul on July 05, 2015, 07:29:55 PM
Got pulled over for (allegedly) gong 4km over speed limit.
Same shpiel of all you tourist have no respect etc.

Took Dan's advice and started with $10 ended up giving 280 pesos ($19 usd)
Your suppose to insist that the give you a ticket/and that you will pay at police station. They will always let you go cause they cant take bribe. As per "articlo 152" they are not allowed to ticket you.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/dstmm5mxpsllzp0/Articulo%20152%20Color%20Gringo%20version.pdf
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on July 05, 2015, 07:34:07 PM
To clarify for everyone.
Cancun has 2 inspections X-ray and when they go through your stuff.

The green light lets you bypass the X-rays but if they suspect food (frum people) they will pull you over anyway.
-1
The x-ray is before the green/red  light
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 05, 2015, 07:35:33 PM
Your suppose to insist that the give you a ticket/and that you will pay at police station. They will always let you go cause they cant take bribe. As per "articlo 152" they are not allowed to ticket you.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/dstmm5mxpsllzp0/Articulo%20152%20Color%20Gringo%20version.pdf
They told me they were keeping my license until I go into the station to pay the ticket.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yitzyul on July 05, 2015, 07:40:35 PM
They told me they were keeping my license until I go into the station to pay the ticket.

its just a threat.
Hopefully i wont get pulled over but if i do ill let u know what happenes.
Here is a good read about it.
http://rovinggastronome.com/mainblog/2014/11/14/mexico-supposedly-corrupt-police-and-rental-car-insurance/

Id rather let them keep my license (if its on way to airport where they are notoriuos for stopping people) and order a new one in the US for a bit more $ then give $20 ti a con artist.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 05, 2015, 07:41:48 PM
Meh. $20 is better then a trip to the DMV+$20 for the replacement license.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yitzyul on July 05, 2015, 07:54:17 PM
Meh. $20 is better then a trip to the DMV+$20 for the replacement license.
I finally found something NY has better then Cleavland. Replacemtn licenses via web....😃.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Lou Bob on July 05, 2015, 07:55:10 PM
I finally found something NY has better then Cleavland. Replacemtn licenses via web....😃.
meh. Not unique to NY
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 05, 2015, 07:55:46 PM
Can't say I've ever tried to find out.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on July 05, 2015, 08:25:38 PM
-1
The x-ray is before the green/red  light
I was just there.
You first push the button and then go through the X-rays and then they search your bags.
I was number 7 on line to push the button and they called me out to start a new line, of course I pushed red, I don't think it's 50/50.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on July 05, 2015, 08:26:17 PM
They told me they were keeping my license until I go into the station to pay the ticket.
same here.
He told me ticket at the station would be $140.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Here to learn on July 06, 2015, 12:55:43 AM
Here’s  my first forums TR:
Flights: My wife and I flew Sunday evening from JFK to CUN booked one way for 10k avios each. The way back they didn’t have any availability, so we payed $190 each for jet blue CUN to JFK.
The airport, -as many pointed out- has a random screening system, you push a button, if you get a green light you’re  good to go, a red light means they check your  bags. However with us, even though we got a green light, while we were walking through, a lady randomly pulled us aside and asked us what was in our plastic bag that we were holding. It had our take out dinner that we brought from NY for that night’s dinner. So she of course said that any meat or chicken from the US is harmful for the country of Mexico (lol?) and confiscated our dinner.

Chips had to do it for that night’s dinner  :)

So a suggestion would be, to make sure all your food should be in your handbag or suitcase, because even if you get the green light, they may pull you over.

Transportation: I booked a one way shuttle on expedia for $13 each. Also I reserved a car with hertz for 0.73 cents a day, plus the mandatory $14 insurance per day, as I wasn’t sure which we would use. Debating whether well be sightseeing and driving to playa etc. or just staying local. We ended up going to hertz and we decided to take a car. Problem is, is that I booked a manual car and I’m not comfortable enough to drive manual. So the guy try to sell me a boat and offer me a special “discounted” rate of $210 for 4 days, which I of course declined, and took the shuttle back to the airport to catch my shuttle, which thankfully I just made the last one of the night.
And staying local in cancun it was.

We got to the Westin lagunamar at 11 pm after the whole ordeal, and went to check in. I booked the a premium 1 BR for  first night for 1450 spg, hoping that they would let me stay there for the whole stay  (spg gold) even though I only booked the other 3 nights for 12k, Turns out it worked somewhat. The gentleman at the check in told me I would have to check out in the morning and recheck in, in the morning to a suite (wayyyyy smaller), but I persisted so the manager showed up, after back and forth (he was a very nice guy) he agreed to give me the whole stay in a 1 BR but it was only possible if I changed rooms the next morning. Which I heavy heartily agreed to do. About late check out, he said he could move it up to 12 pm for now, (10 am normally) and I would have to check back with him on Wednesday night to see if he could make it later (based upon availability).

The hotel is very nice and has a lot of amenities. There’s 4 steam rooms on the grounds, 2 by the fitness, and 2 in the spa (free to use even if you’re not “using” the spa). The pools are beautiful and the beach is nice too.

We got a call in the morning from the concierge that they have a welcome package waiting for us. So we went down and a really nice guy gave us a full detailed overview of the cancun and activities to do. (They ran out of the spg gold beach bags, so I couldn’t get one).

The first day we just relaxed by the pool and beach. For dinner we went to kosher luxus which is now in the Krystal hotel. They claimed that it moved from the beautiful location because there were crocodiles there and it wasn’t safe. I heard from someone else who lives there that they were kicked out “for financial reasons” go figure. The food there we ordered was decent, nothing amazing and pretty pricy.

For brunch we brought with us frozen cholov yisroal milk under the plane and we were hoping they wouldn’t take it away. So that worked out. However cereal and chips etc. we planned to buy in Walmart in cancun. However at kosher luxus there was a local frum guy there who said that the supermarket which is right next to the krystal hotel, has a huge variety off foods, maybe even more kosher food then Walmart, and the prices are pretty competitive. So that’s where we shopped and it was a great suggestion! It worked out great.

Day 2 we went to isla mujeres, it’s an island off cancun. We paid the full 19 dollars and dint try to find the cheaper ferry because a local (who does NOT work for the company) told me that the cheaper ferry uses gas that have horrible fumes and isn’t healthy. So I didn’t take a chance and payed the extra couple of dollars. I personally loved the island, it’s very cute, nice flee market, renting a golf cart is a must. When we got to the island we strolled around for a bit, and as were walking we see a sign “kosher vegetarian café” we walk in and there’s a Chabad guy there… long story short: there’s two bochrim that went there 3 years ago to do shlichus for a short period of time, which ended up being their life long stay. They opened an off shoot/unofficial Chabad house on the island. Now, one of them got married and moved down with his wife, and the other is still single and lives there. So the single bochur brought down his younger brother and he opened a milchige cholov yisroel café, it’s called Maya café. I was very shocked to find it there but it worked out. He recommended to us a good place to rent the golf carts and when we finished our driving, we came back and had delicious pizza and iced cappuccino’s. ill attach pics of the place. Very neat place, a large menu and everything looked and tasted really fresh.
Chabad also has a meat “restaurant” in their Chabad house but we paid a visit and it didn’t look to appealing. Probably more heimish for Israeli backpackers.

Now when we got the ferry to head back, they told us that the last ferry leaves to the hotel zone at 5:15, and it was 5:35. So the only fery there is, is the one that goes to downtown cancun. We had no choice so we hopped on.  When we got there, the bus wasn’t coming and 15 minuteds later as were waiting and chatting with a taxi driver, he offered us a ride for $15. I bargained him down to 12 and off we went. It was a good 20 minute drive ti the hotel, so money well spent. As he was driving us we chatted and he offered me to take us to the airport for $18. I took his number and said ill get back to him on Thursday. (Normally a private taxi world cost anywhere between 30 to 50 bucks).

For dinner we ordered from Chabad of playa, They deliver to all hotels. (Chabad of cancun was closed during our stay). The food was good and it arrived on time. So that worked out.

On day 3 we again just relaxed at the pool and the beach. For dinner we decided to go to dag dag. So we sent an email to make a reservation, no answer. So I sent one again a little later, and again no answer. I tried to call but the phone wasn’t working. So we decided well go and see if it’s open. We had a hard time finding it, but after 15 minutes of walking around and everyone sending us to different places, we finally found it and of course it was closed. There’s was a sign on the door that was hard to read which ill post and if someone could figure it out I guess you will let us know  :).

So back to kosher luxus we went. This time we knew what not to order so our choices were better, and so was the food. Ill post pics off the food too.
After we got back I checked back with the manager to get late check out and he moved it up to 2pm, so I was happy :).
Thursday we went to the mall across the street from the westin, walked around, did a mini photo shoot on the beach as well.
We ordered burgers from kosher luxus which they delivered for $15 for our flight back; I called my “friend” the taxi driver who said he’ll be waiting for me in front of the hotel whenever I’m ready. We went back to the airport, chilled in the vip business lounge (priority pass) –which is a joke- and finally made it back to the USA.

I hope this helps you guys, if you have any questions or comments, shoot ‘em my way.   
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: zow on July 06, 2015, 06:43:52 AM

Here’s  my first forums TR:
Flights: My wife and I flew Sunday evening from JFK to CUN booked one way for 10k avios each. The way back they didn’t have any availability, so we payed $190 each for jet blue CUN to JFK.
The airport, -as many pointed out- has a random screening system, you push a button, if you get a green light you’re  good to go, a red light means they check your  bags. However with us, even though we got a green light, while we were walking through, a lady randomly pulled us aside and asked us what was in our plastic bag that we were holding. It had our take out dinner that we brought from NY for that night’s dinner. So she of course said that any meat or chicken from the US is harmful for the country of Mexico (lol?) and confiscated our dinner.

Chips had to do it for that night’s dinner  :)

So a suggestion would be, to make sure all your food should be in your handbag or suitcase, because even if you get the green light, they may pull you over.

Transportation: I booked a one way shuttle on expedia for $13 each. Also I reserved a car with hertz for 0.73 cents a day, plus the mandatory $14 insurance per day, as I wasn’t sure which we would use. Debating whether well be sightseeing and driving to playa etc. or just staying local. We ended up going to hertz and we decided to take a car. Problem is, is that I booked a manual car and I’m not comfortable enough to drive manual. So the guy try to sell me a boat and offer me a special “discounted” rate of $210 for 4 days, which I of course declined, and took the shuttle back to the airport to catch my shuttle, which thankfully I just made the last one of the night.
And staying local in cancun it was.

We got to the Westin lagunamar at 11 pm after the whole ordeal, and went to check in. I booked the a premium 1 BR for  first night for 1450 spg, hoping that they would let me stay there for the whole stay  (spg gold) even though I only booked the other 3 nights for 12k, Turns out it worked somewhat. The gentleman at the check in told me I would have to check out in the morning and recheck in, in the morning to a suite (wayyyyy smaller), but I persisted so the manager showed up, after back and forth (he was a very nice guy) he agreed to give me the whole stay in a 1 BR but it was only possible if I changed rooms the next morning. Which I heavy heartily agreed to do. About late check out, he said he could move it up to 12 pm for now, (10 am normally) and I would have to check back with him on Wednesday night to see if he could make it later (based upon availability).

The hotel is very nice and has a lot of amenities. There’s 4 steam rooms on the grounds, 2 by the fitness, and 2 in the spa (free to use even if you’re not “using” the spa). The pools are beautiful and the beach is nice too.

We got a call in the morning from the concierge that they have a welcome package waiting for us. So we went down and a really nice guy gave us a full detailed overview of the cancun and activities to do. (They ran out of the spg gold beach bags, so I couldn’t get one).

The first day we just relaxed by the pool and beach. For dinner we went to kosher luxus which is now in the Krystal hotel. They claimed that it moved from the beautiful location because there were crocodiles there and it wasn’t safe. I heard from someone else who lives there that they were kicked out “for financial reasons” go figure. The food there we ordered was decent, nothing amazing and pretty pricy.

For brunch we brought with us frozen cholov yisroal milk under the plane and we were hoping they wouldn’t take it away. So that worked out. However cereal and chips etc. we planned to buy in Walmart in cancun. However at kosher luxus there was a local frum guy there who said that the supermarket which is right next to the krystal hotel, has a huge variety off foods, maybe even more kosher food then Walmart, and the prices are pretty competitive. So that’s where we shopped and it was a great suggestion! It worked out great.

Day 2 we went to isla mujeres, it’s an island off cancun. We paid the full 19 dollars and dint try to find the cheaper ferry because a local (who does NOT work for the company) told me that the cheaper ferry uses gas that have horrible fumes and isn’t healthy. So I didn’t take a chance and payed the extra couple of dollars. I personally loved the island, it’s very cute, nice flee market, renting a golf cart is a must. When we got to the island we strolled around for a bit, and as were walking we see a sign “kosher vegetarian café” we walk in and there’s a Chabad guy there… long story short: there’s two bochrim that went there 3 years ago to do shlichus for a short period of time, which ended up being their life long stay. They opened an off shoot/unofficial Chabad house on the island. Now, one of them got married and moved down with his wife, and the other is still single and lives there. So the single bochur brought down his younger brother and he opened a milchige cholov yisroel café, it’s called Maya café. I was very shocked to find it there but it worked out. He recommended to us a good place to rent the golf carts and when we finished our driving, we came back and had delicious pizza and iced cappuccino’s. ill attach pics of the place. Very neat place, a large menu and everything looked and tasted really fresh.
Chabad also has a meat “restaurant” in their Chabad house but we paid a visit and it didn’t look to appealing. Probably more heimish for Israeli backpackers.

Now when we got the ferry to head back, they told us that the last ferry leaves to the hotel zone at 5:15, and it was 5:35. So the only fery there is, is the one that goes to downtown cancun. We had no choice so we hopped on.  When we got there, the bus wasn’t coming and 15 minuteds later as were waiting and chatting with a taxi driver, he offered us a ride for $15. I bargained him down to 12 and off we went. It was a good 20 minute drive ti the hotel, so money well spent. As he was driving us we chatted and he offered me to take us to the airport for $18. I took his number and said ill get back to him on Thursday. (Normally a private taxi world cost anywhere between 30 to 50 bucks).

For dinner we ordered from Chabad of playa, They deliver to all hotels. (Chabad of cancun was closed during our stay). The food was good and it arrived on time. So that worked out.

On day 3 we again just relaxed at the pool and the beach. For dinner we decided to go to dag dag. So we sent an email to make a reservation, no answer. So I sent one again a little later, and again no answer. I tried to call but the phone wasn’t working. So we decided well go and see if it’s open. We had a hard time finding it, but after 15 minutes of walking around and everyone sending us to different places, we finally found it and of course it was closed. There’s was a sign on the door that was hard to read which ill post and if someone could figure it out I guess you will let us know  :).

So back to kosher luxus we went. This time we knew what not to order so our choices were better, and so was the food. Ill post pics off the food too.
After we got back I checked back with the manager to get late check out and he moved it up to 2pm, so I was happy :).
Thursday we went to the mall across the street from the westin, walked around, did a mini photo shoot on the beach as well.
We ordered burgers from kosher luxus which they delivered for $15 for our flight back; I called my “friend” the taxi driver who said he’ll be waiting for me in front of the hotel whenever I’m ready. We went back to the airport, chilled in the vip business lounge (priority pass) –which is a joke- and finally made it back to the USA.

I hope this helps you guys, if you have any questions or comments, shoot ‘em my way.
Very nice TR. thanks! Will help for my trip in February.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on July 06, 2015, 08:22:02 AM
I was just there.
You first push the button and then go through the X-rays and then they search your bags.
I was number 7 on line to push the button and they called me out to start a new line, of course I pushed red, I don't think it's 50/50.
Dunno, I also was just there
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 06, 2015, 09:31:57 AM
Nice TR, please post some pics.

Why did you reserve a manual car when for a couple bucks more you could have reserved an automatic?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on July 06, 2015, 11:05:09 AM



Chabad also has a meat “restaurant” in their Chabad house but we paid a visit and it didn’t look to appealing. Probably more heimish for Israeli backpackers.


Was it on a second floor? Wondering if that is the one I saw, (see my TR above) or if there is another hidden one
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Srsy on July 06, 2015, 12:02:48 PM
Any minyan in or near Cancun in August?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Here to learn on July 06, 2015, 03:19:51 PM
Kosher luxus...

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(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/444/19473359835_ed22133956_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/vEN4rn)IMG_1372 (https://flic.kr/p/vEN4rn) by shush leb (https://www.flickr.com/photos/134474626@N05/), on Flickr
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/546/19473358865_fb6f10670a_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/vEN49D)IMG_1369 (https://flic.kr/p/vEN49D) by shush leb (https://www.flickr.com/photos/134474626@N05/), on Flickr
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3684/19473357455_d65688e264_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/vEN3Jk)IMG_1368 (https://flic.kr/p/vEN3Jk) by shush leb (https://www.flickr.com/photos/134474626@N05/), on Flickr
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/286/19473356355_4503099faf_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/vEN3pn)IMG_1363 (https://flic.kr/p/vEN3pn) by shush leb (https://www.flickr.com/photos/134474626@N05/), on Flickr

Isla mujeres...

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(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/316/19477673941_30625b9c93_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/vFbaSv)IMG_1332 (https://flic.kr/p/vFbaSv) by shush leb (https://www.flickr.com/photos/134474626@N05/), on Flickr
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3808/19447308146_68a99546ce_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/vCuxbj)IMG_1297 (https://flic.kr/p/vCuxbj) by shush leb (https://www.flickr.com/photos/134474626@N05/), on Flickr
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/265/19477670741_20cb9c7d9f_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/vFb9Vk)IMG_1264 (https://flic.kr/p/vFb9Vk) by shush leb (https://www.flickr.com/photos/134474626@N05/), on Flickr
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3901/19467021642_a4af0f261e_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/vEezjb)IMG_1263 (https://flic.kr/p/vEezjb) by shush leb (https://www.flickr.com/photos/134474626@N05/), on Flickr

Cafe Maya...

(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/272/19473354995_11ce2b113b_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/vEN2ZV)IMG_1339 (https://flic.kr/p/vEN2ZV) by shush leb (https://www.flickr.com/photos/134474626@N05/), on Flickr
(https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3809/19473354055_fd1928880f_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/vEN2HH)IMG_1337 (https://flic.kr/p/vEN2HH) by shush leb (https://www.flickr.com/photos/134474626@N05/), on Flickr
(https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/513/18850857474_5112aa3e9f_b.jpg) (https://flic.kr/p/uHMzb3)IMG_1335 (https://flic.kr/p/uHMzb3) by shush leb (https://www.flickr.com/photos/134474626@N05/), on Flickr

Dag Dag sign..

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Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Here to learn on July 06, 2015, 03:26:48 PM
Nice TR, please post some pics.

Why did you reserve a manual car when for a couple bucks more you could have reserved an automatic?
Thanks
It was just a silly mistake. i wasn't paying attention when i reserved.

Was it on a second floor? Wondering if that is the one I saw, (see my TR above) or if there is another hidden one
Its not in the chabad house, because its not owned by chabad.

Its a minute walk away from chabad.
Heres how you get to the cafe: When you get off the ferry, cross the road, walk 3 blocks down, make a left, and the Cafe is  on the left hand side, a half of block in.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on July 06, 2015, 03:47:16 PM
Was this it http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=1451.msg1178489.msg#1178489
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Here to learn on July 06, 2015, 03:55:28 PM
Was this it http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=1451.msg1178489.msg#1178489
You're referring to maya cafe? No it was not part of the chabad house.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 06, 2015, 03:59:15 PM
Just to be clear, there is no sanctioned chabad on Isla Mujeres.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on July 06, 2015, 04:13:17 PM
Just to be clear, there is no sanctioned chabad on Isla Mujeres.
It is still cool to see Judaism in these places
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 06, 2015, 04:14:09 PM
It is still cool to see Judaism in these places
For sure, but it's worth making sure that whoever is running these restaurants know what they're doing. Maybe check with Chabad of CUN?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on July 06, 2015, 04:17:28 PM
For sure, but it's worth making sure that whoever is running these restaurants know what they're doing. Maybe check with Chabad of CUN?
Agreed. I would look into it before eating there
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Here to learn on July 06, 2015, 05:19:18 PM
For sure, but it's worth making sure that whoever is running these restaurants know what they're doing. Maybe check with Chabad of CUN?
I think it has the same credibility as the other off shoot chabad houses around the CUN in area.
Does chabad of CUN approve of the other unofficial chabad of CUN/playa hechsher?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 06, 2015, 05:20:35 PM
I think it has the same credibility as the other off shoot chabad houses around the CUN in area.
Does chabad of CUN approve of the other unofficial chabad of CUN/playa hechsher?
I asked them before I ate there.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Here to learn on July 06, 2015, 05:25:12 PM
I asked them before I ate there.
Fair enough.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on July 06, 2015, 06:04:30 PM
Fairmont mayakoba is the first hotel I ever stayed at that gave had bathrobes and slippers for my kids.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yanky88 on July 06, 2015, 06:05:53 PM
Anyone know of any decent Golf courses?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 06, 2015, 06:07:39 PM
Fairmont mayakoba is the first hotel I ever stayed at that gave had bathrobes and slippers for my kids.
Man we must have stayed in different Fairmont mayakobas.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on July 06, 2015, 06:24:55 PM
All the pools are very warm and relatively empty but there is a lot of construction going on.

Otherwise pretty much the same as last time.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: zow on July 07, 2015, 01:28:49 AM

Man we must have stayed in different Fairmont mayakobas.
Probably a stupid question, but I can't use the two free nights from Chase Fairmont card sign up at the Fairmont Mayakoba, can I?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on July 07, 2015, 08:26:27 AM
Probably a stupid question, but I can't use the two free nights from Chase Fairmont card sign up at the Fairmont Mayakoba, can I?
Why  not
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: damaxer91 on July 07, 2015, 10:27:58 AM
I think that once the Andaz Mayakoba opens next year there will be enough traffic for a full-time Chabad house in Mayakoba
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on July 07, 2015, 11:17:21 AM
Probably a stupid question, but I can't use the two free nights from Chase Fairmont card sign up at the Fairmont Mayakoba, can I?
yes you can, and you can also use your suite upgrade to upgrade into a 1000 sq suite.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on July 08, 2015, 10:52:04 AM
Got pulled over for (allegedly) gong 4km over speed limit.
Same shpiel of all you tourist have no respect etc.

Took Dan's advice and started with $10 ended up giving 280 pesos ($19 usd)
got pulled over again but this time he let us go as we were on the way to the airport and he could not play the game that he will hold on to my license until I pay the ticket at the station.

He started at $40 (400 pesos) but I put up a little fight and he let us go.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 08, 2015, 10:55:33 AM
got pulled over again but this time he let us go as we were on the way to the airport and he could not play the game that he will hold on to my license until I pay the ticket at the station.

He started at $40 (400 pesos) but I put up a little fight and he let us go.
Honestly it's this stuff that kills any desire to return.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on July 09, 2015, 03:25:13 PM
Honestly it's this stuff that kills any desire to return.
Umm, just dont rent a car R Dan... We've been planning our trip back for 2 years, can't wait. and if your staying in cancun (even if u will go to Xel Ha etc., they have transportation) really no need for rental cars and that hassle.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 09, 2015, 03:27:31 PM
Umm, just dont rent a car R Dan... We've been planning our trip back for 2 years, can't wait. and if your staying in cancun (even if u will go to Xel Ha etc., they have transportation) really no need for rental cars and that hassle.
A. I have free nights in Playa.
B. I'm not the type to just sit at a pool or beach for 4 days. I like exploring.

CUN was fine, but I'm in no rush to go back.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yitzyul on July 09, 2015, 08:42:54 PM
A. I have free nights in Playa.
B. I'm not the type to just sit at a pool or beach for 4 days. I like exploring.

CUN was fine, but I'm in no rush to go back.
A. I have free nights in Playa.
B. I'm not the type to just sit at a pool or beach for 4 days. I like exploring.

CUN was fine, but I'm in no rush to go back.
Im actualy on the plane on the way back from Cun. I did a tremendous amount of research on blogs and Trip advisor and was fully "prepared". We rented a car by National and had zero issues ( with understanding that prices arent as quoted and was exactly how much I estimated), with a newish car. No police stopped me and i didnt always keep to speed limit. (Not reckless). Nobody tried to steal or con me. Just use pesos so you dont get screwed. 2 times I actually paid twice by accident and they told me "hey you paid already". We took busses and taxi with out issue. Rented go carts in isle mujerias and swimming with whale sharks. (Reccomended only cause once in a life time but not worth the hassle....waking up at 6:30 to cath ferry to the island then boating for 1.5 hours each way in the beating sun, wet and uncomfortable while they serving smelly fish to the rest of the boaters). Went on the wrong ferry (with the locals) and we where treated royally. I also purchased a banana for about .10 from an icecream store to feed some wild iguanas and had about 25 come chase me for that banana   Trust me i threw them the whole banana and ran. We drove to playa and to xplorer park (night) and highly reccomended. We enjoyed a pineapple from a local push cart riding machete swinging dude who sliced it on the spot for us and we had a bunch of people come and ask to share with us.  Back in Cun KosherLexus food was left much to be desired, the place was empty and service was good. 2 Israelis came in as we were leaving and asked us how the food was and was caught in a tricky situation. Tell them good and im lying and perhaps stealing and tell them truth and they will eat treif. (I don't expect restaurants in middle of nowhere to be the best). Afterwards we went looking for grocery store that sells a few kosher items (super kool store with conveyer belts to go up to the second floor that holds your shopping carts) and this matre'd from some outdoor resturant comes over to us and asks us if we are looking for...and pulls out a Dag Dag buisness card "because no open closed"). We ate by Maya in Island Mujerias and food was excellent and really good, their Paninis where better then anywhere i have had befor (HT: here to learn). Had food delievered from Chabad kosher cancun (they where closed the week before and i ordered by chabad playa and he wouldnt deliveer unless i confirmed with chabad cancun is closed which they were not). The food was very good quality. In Playa i went to Menphis and food was decent small selection but happy for some decent food.
Anyway was a nice trip and just be cautios of numeros stores both in Playa and Isle Mujerias that advertise with hebrew words such as flafel, chumas , shnitzel etc but are not kosher. 
I was warned about flies and brought 2 bottles of off and didn't even touch them
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 09, 2015, 08:49:31 PM
Assuming no kids on the trip?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yitzyul on July 09, 2015, 08:57:59 PM
Assuming no kids on the trip?
Yup. Not a place id take my kids.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on July 09, 2015, 10:11:25 PM
Yup. Not a place id take my kids.
Took my kids there twice already and I would take them back in a heart beat.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Here to learn on July 10, 2015, 08:25:30 AM
I'm glad I was of help.
Did you find out from chabad of CUN if maya is ok? Or you just ate there anyway.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on July 10, 2015, 01:12:19 PM
Took my kids there twice already and I would take them back in a heart beat.
amen, great place for kids esp if u are on a chill trip, though maybe not if u want to do more of the intenser older kids stuff at xel ha etc.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yitzyul on July 10, 2015, 01:19:10 PM
amen, great place for kids esp if u are on a chill trip, though maybe not if u want to do more of the intenser older kids stuff at xel ha etc.

Maybe my girls, but I definitely would not take my boys...
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yitzyul on July 10, 2015, 01:21:11 PM
I'm glad I was of help.
Did you find out from chabad of CUN if maya is ok? Or you just ate there anyway.

There was a Hechser hanging up in the store with the same name as the Chabad Cun name, Rabbi Druk (If I remember correctly)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on July 10, 2015, 06:35:48 PM
Maybe my girls, but I definitely would not take my boys...
try the Fairmont next time.
We had the entire pool at the beach all too ourselves from 1030-1230.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on July 10, 2015, 06:53:52 PM
try the Fairmont next time.
We had the entire pool at the beach all too ourselves from 1030-1230.
Did you pay to upgrade to the beach villas again?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on July 11, 2015, 10:16:21 PM
No,
Went with the kids this time so we wanted to be next to the main pools.
But we did get a room at the end of the path so we did not have to walk far from the troley.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dovy365 on July 13, 2015, 02:55:47 PM
Hi,

Didn't see anyone talk about it, has anyone stayed at the brand new GH PDC?

Dovy
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yitzyul on July 13, 2015, 03:12:10 PM
Maybe my girls, but I definitely would not take my boys...

I stayed at the Westin (16K points >:() they would not let me have late check out and no upgrades. The pool was always full until maybe 9 pm
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on July 13, 2015, 04:02:06 PM
I stayed at the Westin (16K points >:() they would not let me have late check out and no upgrades. The pool was always full until maybe 9 pm
that is the well-publicized policy with all limited participation SPG resorts that are really timeshares, no reason to make a mean face as it is rare to get something from them and usually a mistake by a front desk person.
 
re the pool, there are so many and they are huge, you really couldnt find a space to yourself? when did you go?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on July 13, 2015, 04:06:27 PM
that is the well-publicized policy with all limited participation SPG resorts that are really timeshares, no reason to make a mean face as it is rare to get something from them and usually a mistake by a front desk person.
 
re the pool, there are so many and they are huge, you really couldnt find a space to yourself? when did you go?
Also,  there are two pool areas. We found the right area (facing the sea)  to be less crowded
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on July 13, 2015, 07:27:31 PM
I stayed at the Westin (16K points >:() they would not let me have late check out and no upgrades. The pool was always full until maybe 9 pm
I keep on telling everyone to "splurge" the extra 2500 points a night for the bigger suite.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on July 13, 2015, 07:28:11 PM
Hi,

Didn't see anyone talk about it, has anyone stayed at the brand new GH PDC?

Dovy
Met a couple on the plane that stayed there, they said it was really nice.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ShlockDoc on July 13, 2015, 07:58:22 PM
A week after checking out of the Westin Lagunamar I got an email offering me a 4 night stay plus a $75 resort credit (or 5000 SPG points) for $319 all-in.  It's for a Queen studio and I couldn't convince them to give me a one bedroom.

Nevertheless, it seems like I'd be a fool to pass it up, we loved it there and there's still so much we didn't do in Cancun...
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on July 13, 2015, 08:35:21 PM
A week after checking out of the Westin Lagunamar I got an email offering me a 4 night stay plus a $75 resort credit (or 5000 SPG points) for $319 all-in.  It's for a Queen studio and I couldn't convince them to give me a one bedroom.

Nevertheless, it seems like I'd be a fool to pass it up, we loved it there and there's still so much we didn't do in Cancun...
+ a 90 min timeshare presentation.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ShlockDoc on July 13, 2015, 08:42:10 PM
+ a 90 min timeshare presentation.

The rep claims it's optional. But even if he's lying, 90 minutes out of 5 days isn't bad.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on July 13, 2015, 08:59:19 PM
A week after checking out of the Westin Lagunamar I got an email offering me a 4 night stay plus a $75 resort credit (or 5000 SPG points) for $319 all-in.  It's for a Queen studio and I couldn't convince them to give me a one bedroom.
i signed up for this, going in january...
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Here to learn on July 13, 2015, 10:01:49 PM
A week after checking out of the Westin Lagunamar I got an email offering me a 4 night stay plus a $75 resort credit (or 5000 SPG points) for $319 all-in.  It's for a Queen studio and I couldn't convince them to give me a one bedroom.

Nevertheless, it seems like I'd be a fool to pass it up, we loved it there and there's still so much we didn't do in Cancun...
Did you get it randomly, or you signed up for something? Because I just stayed there and I didn't get any offer.
Also was it you that I met when you were checking out of the Westin? It was a one night stay for you....
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yitzyul on July 13, 2015, 10:02:29 PM
Last day in hotel they put an envelope in my room offering me to come back for 4 nights @$75 a night plus some spg points (I didn't read the fine print) if I listen to 90 min sales pitch. THey also offered me 6500 points plus $20 off explorer park If i listen to that pitch during this current stay
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yitzyul on July 13, 2015, 10:06:30 PM

 
re the pool, there are so many and they are huge, you really couldnt find a space to yourself? when did you go?

The nice pool (facing the beach) was quite full. I could've found a "spot" but not my ideal of swimming with a ton of other people especially the ones dressed………..
THe other pool not by the beach wasn't so full but still quite allot of people.
THe main pool was closed for a good part of one day because someone had an "accident"...
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yitzyul on July 13, 2015, 10:08:57 PM
On an a different note…customs didn't stop me at all (and I look quite jewish…lol) I pushed the light and it was green and they told me to proceed without any X-rays or questions.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ShlockDoc on July 13, 2015, 10:12:39 PM
Did you get it randomly, or you signed up for something? Because I just stayed there and I didn't get any offer.
Also was it you that I met when you were checking out of the Westin? It was a one night stay for you....

Yes, that was me. I hope you got your room upgrade and enjoyed the rest of your stay. I seem to have gotten it randomly, we didn't sign up for anything.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on July 13, 2015, 10:17:36 PM
Last day in hotel they put an envelope in my room offering me to come back for 4 nights @$75 a night plus some spg points (I didn't read the fine print) if I listen to 90 min sales pitch. THey also offered me 6500 points plus $20 off explorer park If i listen to that pitch during this current stay
I got it both times I was there.

Come back at $50 a night for 4 nights.

You need pay on the spot and after 10 days you get a certificate that can be used for 12 months, you also need to do a 90 presentation when you come back. also its only good for a studio suite.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Shmuli11 on July 14, 2015, 11:42:55 PM
A week after checking out of the Westin Lagunamar I got an email offering me a 4 night stay plus a $75 resort credit (or 5000 SPG points) for $319 all-in.  It's for a Queen studio and I couldn't convince them to give me a one bedroom.

Nevertheless, it seems like I'd be a fool to pass it up, we loved it there and there's still so much we didn't do in Cancun...

Was it a generic email? Any codes or other info that I would be able to use to book a stay at the Westin with the discount? Tx.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ShlockDoc on July 14, 2015, 11:47:11 PM
Was it a generic email? Any codes or other info that I would be able to use to book a stay at the Westin with the discount? Tx.

It was personalized with an RSVP code.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Lakerfan692 on July 16, 2015, 02:54:52 AM
Has anyone been to Live Aqua and requested Kosher food as part of their All Inclusive package?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ah on July 21, 2015, 01:59:18 PM
Anyone know if there will be a minyan at or near Westin Lagunamar shabbos nachamu?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: dandu16 on July 26, 2015, 03:13:20 PM
Is Menfis open now?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on July 27, 2015, 12:36:59 PM
Was it a generic email? Any codes or other info that I would be able to use to book a stay at the Westin with the discount? Tx.
not sure why someone removed my link from the wiki, but there is a generic number and online page where u can ask to get the 319 deal for 4 nights in studio, no need for personal code. I used it in march to book for January, and I had recently checked and it was still available. unfortunately don't have email access at work but can try to check tonight to see if the link still works and will post it.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on July 27, 2015, 12:39:10 PM
Anyone know if there will be a minyan at or near Westin Lagunamar shabbos nachamu?
ask the chabad rabbi info@JewishCancun.com
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on July 27, 2015, 01:49:34 PM
not sure why someone removed my link from the wiki, but there is a generic number and online page where u can ask to get the 319 deal for 4 nights in studio, no need for personal code. I used it in march to book for January, and I had recently checked and it was still available. unfortunately don't have email access at work but can try to check tonight to see if the link still works and will post it.

I found the link in the Wiki edit history: Timeshare Tour Link (http://www.westinvacationownership.com/westin-lagunamar-ocean-resort/1043/index.html?IM=CACC_CRMREFR_EMAIL_201311_WVO_WLOR_SPGTNR_54_I_TEXTLINK&PrefResNum=&UsrInt=bo&utm_campaign=CACC_CRMREFR&utm_source=201311_WVO_WLOR_SPGTR_54_I&utm_medium=EMAIL&utm_content=TEXTLINK)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on July 27, 2015, 02:25:15 PM
I found the link in the Wiki edit history: Timeshare Tour Link (http://www.westinvacationownership.com/westin-lagunamar-ocean-resort/1043/index.html?IM=CACC_CRMREFR_EMAIL_201311_WVO_WLOR_SPGTNR_54_I_TEXTLINK&PrefResNum=&UsrInt=bo&utm_campaign=CACC_CRMREFR&utm_source=201311_WVO_WLOR_SPGTR_54_I&utm_medium=EMAIL&utm_content=TEXTLINK)
Well Done (couldn't find on my phone)! this deal is pretty worthwhile if u can get it, and note that though they say there is a $75 dollar fee for changes, if u ask nicely with enough time beforehand they will prob switch for free. I had scheduled my whole vacation for the 3rd week in January (per yeshiva guidance on when winter vaca was), with airline tix, spg points (pre-category raise) and this timeshare deal. I almost cried (ok not that bad) when I found out the yeshivos chose to switch vacation to the fourth week (either because they are all idiots or just vindictive and don't care that many parents are off on MLK), but with some sweettalking was baruch hashem able to change all my tix (united flights via points and separate reservation via Chase UR travel) and reservations into the fourth week without ANY markups (even for the category raise, which took a couple HUCAs to spg) or charges (even the united official $200 fees), but it was an easier argument bc reservations were so far in advance. Chasdei Hashem :).
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: bruce on July 28, 2015, 01:42:59 PM
I am going to CAN next week for just two days

Cant decide if I want to stay at hyatt Zilara in Cancun or the Hyatt in Playa

Im looking for a quieter scene, good kosher, and activities (snorkling etc)

Where am I best off?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Shmuli11 on July 30, 2015, 12:13:46 PM
I found the link in the Wiki edit history: Timeshare Tour Link (http://www.westinvacationownership.com/westin-lagunamar-ocean-resort/1043/index.html?IM=CACC_CRMREFR_EMAIL_201311_WVO_WLOR_SPGTNR_54_I_TEXTLINK&PrefResNum=&UsrInt=bo&utm_campaign=CACC_CRMREFR&utm_source=201311_WVO_WLOR_SPGTR_54_I&utm_medium=EMAIL&utm_content=TEXTLINK)

I called the number. The code says 'null'. I called and they said that I need a personalized invitation code.

I entered my name and email and clicked 'reserve now'. I guess I will find out when/if they call me if they will honor it.

I am not holding my breath....
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on July 30, 2015, 12:56:16 PM
I am going to CAN next week for just two days

You're going all the way to Guangzhou, China (http://www.google.com/search?q=CAN+airport+code) for just two days?! What a waste...
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on July 30, 2015, 12:59:15 PM
You're going all the way to Guangzhou, China (http://www.google.com/search?q=CAN+airport+code) for just two days?! What a waste...
Lol
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yitzyul on July 30, 2015, 05:20:31 PM
I am going to CAN next week for just two days

Cant decide if I want to stay at hyatt Zilara in Cancun or the Hyatt in Playa

Im looking for a quieter scene, good kosher, and activities (snorkling etc)

Where am I best off?

Never been to the Hyatt but Cancun is way quieter and nicer then Playa. Good kosher food you really don't have in neither other then Chabad which will deliver to your hotel and pretty decent.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on July 31, 2015, 04:33:03 AM
I called the number. The code says 'null'. I called and they said that I need a personalized invitation code.

I entered my name and email and clicked 'reserve now'. I guess I will find out when/if they call me if they will honor it.

I am not holding my breath....
  try this code #41028569554 (from my email back in 2013, but i used it recently and it worked). or pm the peeps who had even better offers after staying earlier in this thread. or just call this guy and ask if you can try out the westin in cancun on the offer u saw.

Nicholas S. Zimmerman
SPECIALTY SALES SPECIALIST
760-834-2938
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on July 31, 2015, 07:26:07 AM
I am going to CAN next week for just two days

Cant decide if I want to stay at hyatt Zilara in Cancun or the Hyatt in Playa

Im looking for a quieter scene, good kosher, and activities (snorkling etc)

Where am I best off?
Check out the wiki for food info.  And dans TR
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: abo456 on July 31, 2015, 11:19:21 AM
How long does the timeshare presentation REALLY take for Westin (or any other ones people have done in CUN? I've heard the timeshare prsentations in general go way over on the time and take minimum 3 hours.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Shmuli11 on July 31, 2015, 04:29:45 PM
  try this code #41028569554 (from my email back in 2013, but i used it recently and it worked). or pm the peeps who had even better offers after staying earlier in this thread. or just call this guy and ask if you can try out the westin in cancun on the offer u saw.

Nicholas S. Zimmerman
SPECIALTY SALES SPECIALIST
760-834-2938

They called me back after entering my info in the web link and told me that I need an invitation code.

I called again (both regular number and Nicholas) and gave them your code, and they said it didn't exist (possibly because it was already used).

Nicholas passed me over to someone else, who said that they will put me on the list for future promotions - so that might be useful in the future.

Thanks for your help.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: artee on August 02, 2015, 12:18:40 AM
I'm Going this week to GH PDC, using Chase nights and points. Has anyone stayed there that can help with airport transport info and getting around in playa with buses info?. I would really like to avoid renting a car...
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: artee on August 02, 2015, 12:20:29 AM
And Any idea if the excursions pick up from that hotel as well ? I would like to do xplore
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on August 02, 2015, 12:40:52 AM
Try transfers usa for airport transfer.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: artee on August 02, 2015, 12:51:14 AM
Thanx, would I need a car once I get there?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: artee on August 02, 2015, 12:51:35 AM
To get around in playa?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: artee on August 02, 2015, 01:29:25 AM
I'm having second thoughts about staying in playa bec of the rental car but no standard availability in zilara, any magical ways to get zilara to "open" standard nights? Getting massive pushback from hyatt diamond line.... Maybe bec I'm only a Plat :-)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 02, 2015, 12:33:40 PM
Why is renting a car a big deal?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on August 02, 2015, 12:49:18 PM
Why is renting a car a big deal?
B/c I got pulled over twice without speeding.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: artee on August 02, 2015, 12:57:07 PM
Why is renting a car a big deal?
Seems like more of a headache than a luxury...I may be wrong but weren't you the one says getting pulled over there is a sorta vacation killer?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: dsw193 on August 02, 2015, 01:34:00 PM
Is a passport required USA to Mexico?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: artee on August 02, 2015, 01:38:50 PM
Yes
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: dsw193 on August 02, 2015, 01:47:00 PM
Thanks
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 02, 2015, 02:02:20 PM
Seems like more of a headache than a luxury...I may be wrong but weren't you the one says getting pulled over there is a sorta vacation killer?
Just don't speed.  Cruise control at 1kph under the speed limit and you'll be fine.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: artee on August 02, 2015, 02:07:20 PM
Just don't speed.  Cruise control at 1kph under the speed limit and you'll be fine.
Who would you suggest renting from that I'll know the full price before hand including insurance and that won't screw  me over with made up damages and charges. I dont have an amex with no forex , I do have reg spg (with extra rental car coverage) and SP visa, which would you use?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 02, 2015, 02:08:11 PM
I rented from Alamo with CSP.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on August 02, 2015, 04:58:46 PM
I dont have an amex with no forex , I do have reg spg

In approximately 9 days or so, that will no longer be a problem. :)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: artee on August 02, 2015, 05:50:02 PM
In approximately 9 days or so, that will no longer be a problem. :)
I don't get it, what am I missing?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on August 02, 2015, 07:55:46 PM
I don't get it, what am I missing?
Spg is adding no forex fees to list of benefits
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Moishebatchy on August 02, 2015, 08:24:45 PM
Spg is adding no forex fees to list of benefits

G'zactly. August 11.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: artee on August 02, 2015, 08:54:47 PM
Just my luck :-)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: gavhaller on August 04, 2015, 07:00:08 PM
B/c I got pulled over twice without speeding.
Really? I was there for 13 days and I didn't have any issues, at all.
And I drove everywhere- even to Tulum (like an 1.5 hr away)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Shmuli11 on August 04, 2015, 07:43:16 PM
Really? I was there for 13 days and I didn't have any issues, at all.
And I drove everywhere- even to Tulum (like an 1.5 hr away)

I was also pulled over. 

I look at it as another vacation cost. Miles can't pay for everything!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: gavhaller on August 04, 2015, 07:45:04 PM
I was also pulled over. 

I look at it as another vacation cost. Miles can't pay for everything!
:) how much are the tickets?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Shmuli11 on August 04, 2015, 10:33:13 PM
:) how much are the tickets?

Basically the cop tried to threaten me with a ticket, but made it very obvious that he wanted money. He got me to pay $40, but I heard later that it was way too high.

My understanding is that I shouldn't have paid more than about $20.

Cops know that tourists have money and pay special attention to rental cars. I was pulled over in the hotel zone. I guess that's the best place to catch tourists!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on August 04, 2015, 10:34:08 PM
Trick is to just have $10 or $15 in your wallet and give him "everything you have"
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: gavhaller on August 04, 2015, 11:41:03 PM
Crazy. Glad I didnt get pulled over.
Im going again for labor day weekend, iyh.
Ill keep this in mind.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ShlockDoc on August 05, 2015, 07:25:42 AM
I drove to chichen itza and up and down the tulum cancun road about 12 times and never got pulled over.  Because of Dans story I started off at or just below the speed limit but it changes so often that I just ended up keeping a steady pace with the cats around me and didn't get stopped.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on August 10, 2015, 08:53:13 PM
Just got the Westin offer in the mail. Has anyone done it yet?

$299 for 4 nights at the Westin Resort and Spa, plus you get 5k SPG or a $75 resort credit. No mention of timeshare seminars or anything.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on August 10, 2015, 09:08:30 PM
Just got the Westin offer in the mail. Has anyone done it yet?

$299 for 4 nights at the Westin Resort and Spa, plus you get 5k SPG or a $75 resort credit. No mention of timeshare seminars or anything.
Fairly certain you gotta sit through the speech
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on August 10, 2015, 09:09:02 PM
Just got the Westin offer in the mail. Has anyone done it yet?

$299 for 4 nights at the Westin Resort and Spa, plus you get 5k SPG or a $75 resort credit. No mention of timeshare seminars or anything.
Sounds like a good deal
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on August 10, 2015, 09:13:59 PM
Fairly certain you gotta sit through the speech

Sounds like a good deal

Just realized it's for the other Westin.  Not the Lagunamar.  Meh.

Although for $200 I can reserve today (must be reserved by 8/27) and decide on a date (within 12 months) later.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on August 10, 2015, 09:16:54 PM
Just realized it's for the other Westin.  Not the Lagunamar.  Meh.

Although for $200 I can reserve today (must be reserved by 8/27) and decide on a date (within 12 months) later.
Bah. Go to the Lagunamar
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: jaffe on August 11, 2015, 10:04:22 AM
Can anyone please tell me their experience with kosher luxus shabbat food
Was it good were you happy?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on August 11, 2015, 10:28:45 AM
Look upthread
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ayman on August 11, 2015, 11:40:55 AM
I rented from Alamo with CSP.
Will CSP and my own ins cover everything? Or still need to purchase liability?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: jaffe on August 11, 2015, 11:51:04 AM
Can anyone please tell me their experience with kosher luxus shabbat food
Was it good were you happy?
Anyone???
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ShlockDoc on August 11, 2015, 11:51:40 AM
Anyone???

Look upthread
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on August 11, 2015, 03:43:02 PM
Will CSP and my own ins cover everything? Or still need to purchase liability?

You need to purchase third party liability. CSP does not give liability and your personal insurance likely doesn't cover international
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ar on August 11, 2015, 04:17:35 PM
How do I get a "timeshare offer" ?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on August 11, 2015, 04:30:02 PM
How do I get a "timeshare offer" ?

Seems to be sent to most people that have "recently" stayed in any SPG hotel down there.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yanky88 on August 15, 2015, 10:25:40 PM
Anyone know about public transport options from airport to the  Westin Lagunamar? trying to avoid renting...
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on August 15, 2015, 10:42:06 PM
Anyone know about public transport options from airport to the  Westin Lagunamar? trying to avoid renting...
See my tr http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=1451.msg1178459.msg#1178459
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: dsw193 on August 15, 2015, 10:46:55 PM
Anyone know about public transport options from airport to the  Westin Lagunamar? trying to avoid renting...
U will be harassed the second you exit the airport there are about 40 agents and a express shuttle service (u get a private van) 2 way for about $104
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on August 15, 2015, 10:50:13 PM


U will be harassed the second you exit the airport there are about 40 agents and a express shuttle service (u get a private van) 2 way for about $104

I paid half of that

See my tr http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=1451.msg1178459.msg#1178459

Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yanky88 on August 15, 2015, 10:58:55 PM
$104 or $55 doesn't seem a great deal to me for a 20 mins ride... is it worth trying to bargain a better price from the drivers?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on August 15, 2015, 11:06:41 PM
$104 or $55 doesn't seem a great deal to me for a 20 mins ride... is it worth trying to bargain a better price from the drivers?
55 RT
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ShlockDoc on August 15, 2015, 11:24:15 PM
55 RT

Isn't it worth it to rent a car? Lagunamar offers free valet parking and the car rentals are super cheap. And then you have a car in case you want to go somewhere.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: dsw193 on August 15, 2015, 11:26:09 PM
No, as there are busses going up and down for a buck.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on August 15, 2015, 11:31:05 PM
Isn't it worth it to rent a car? Lagunamar offers free valet parking and the car rentals are super cheap. And then you have a car in case you want to go somewhere.
Read upthread. It really depends what you want to do.  I did not and did regret it
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ShlockDoc on August 15, 2015, 11:36:33 PM
Read upthread. It really depends what you want to do.  I did not and did regret it

We rented and am so glad that we did. If you're goin to pay $55 to get to/from the airport, you might as well rent for not much more. I'd much rather have it available than be reliant on a public bus.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on August 15, 2015, 11:39:28 PM
We rented and am so glad that we did. If you're goin to pay $55 to get to/from the airport, you might as well rent for not much more. I'd much rather have it available than be reliant on a public bus.
Maybe next time... Though I have alot of other places to go first
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: bschwimmer on August 18, 2015, 10:30:21 PM
Going to cozumel, heard of a kosher dairy place called cafe rimon, anyone know whether its kosher cholov yisroel?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yoshapman on August 19, 2015, 11:14:03 AM
Has anyone ever stayed at the Aloft? Thinking of going last week in December as I have off work and rooms are only 3-4K (other SPG hotels are currently sold out). Location doesn't look bad and 1 block from beach. Can you get from airport to there for cheap. Easy to get kosher food or have it delivered without a car?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: dsw193 on August 19, 2015, 11:25:57 AM
Has anyone ever stayed at the Aloft? Thinking of going last week in December as I have off work and rooms are only 3-4K (other SPG hotels are currently sold out). Location doesn't look bad and 1 block from beach. Can you get from airport to there for cheap. Easy to get kosher food or have it delivered without a car?
It's right next to kosher luxus.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on August 19, 2015, 11:35:01 AM
Has anyone ever stayed at the Aloft? Thinking of going last week in December as I have off work and rooms are only 3-4K (other SPG hotels are currently sold out). Location doesn't look bad and 1 block from beach. Can you get from airport to there for cheap. Easy to get kosher food or have it delivered without a car?

It's near Dag Dag, not kosher Luxus.  I stayed there and didn't love it, but my experience was hopefully a one-off.  Location is good, across the street from a nice beach, cost me $16 from the airport, walkable to a lot.  Worth 4k/night.  Not more.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: dsw193 on August 19, 2015, 11:37:55 AM
Ate by kosher luxus last night which is in Krystal hotel google puts it at a 4 minute walk
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on August 19, 2015, 01:58:53 PM
Has anyone ever stayed at the Aloft? Thinking of going last week in December as I have off work and rooms are only 3-4K (other SPG hotels are currently sold out). Location doesn't look bad and 1 block from beach. Can you get from airport to there for cheap. Easy to get kosher food or have it delivered without a car?
check the wiki :) I posted a while back, wasn't very impressed. food options are closer (both dag dag and kosher luxus, plus generally a better location esp for Shabbos very close to chabad), but even though it is relatively new its pretty shabby, and while the rooftop beds are ok, the pool is not heated and was too cold in January (even with 80 degree weather felt too cold). if no other option its fine, but note that paying cash there is also cheap, so consider your points vs. cash outlay since there are many good cheap options in cancun.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yoshapman on August 19, 2015, 02:28:10 PM
check the wiki :) I posted a while back, wasn't very impressed. food options are closer (both dag dag and kosher luxus, plus generally a better location esp for Shabbos very close to chabad), but even though it is relatively new its pretty shabby, and while the rooftop beds are ok, the pool is not heated and was too cold in January (even with 80 degree weather felt too cold). if no other option its fine, but note that paying cash there is also cheap, so consider your points vs. cash outlay since there are many good cheap options in cancun.

Unfortunately over the last week of Dec, all hotels are expensive. Even the Aloft is $250/night  + tax.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Club2000 on August 20, 2015, 02:51:28 AM
Going to cozumel, heard of a kosher dairy place called cafe rimon, anyone know whether its kosher cholov yisroel?

yes
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: googwallet on August 20, 2015, 11:52:37 PM
There are two restaurants in Cozumel that are both under Chabad of Cozumel (yellow flag), they are Cafe Rimon (which I didn't eat at so I can't rate) and Jerusalem which is nice fleshig restaurant, really good food we went there yesterday both really hungry and within 10 minutes they had our food ready it was delicious they also have a nice view overlooking the ocean.  Highly recommended. They are located here https://www.google.com.mx/maps/place/20%C2%B030'52.6%22N+86%C2%B056'46.7%22W/@20.514623,-86.946306,18z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0?hl=en (https://www.google.com.mx/maps/place/20%C2%B030'52.6%22N+86%C2%B056'46.7%22W/@20.514623,-86.946306,18z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0?hl=en)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: NMGM on August 25, 2015, 02:02:54 PM
Has anyone ever stayed in the Palace resort chain? How is it?
Also, Has anyone every booked an all inclusive resort that requires a purchase of a meal plan through the hotel? Are they easy to get out of if we tell them that we need Kosher?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yoshapman on August 26, 2015, 03:31:10 PM
To anyone who has stayed at the Aloft, is it worth 500 SPG points extra per night for an ocean view over a lagoon view? Regularly that would be a no brainer, but I see the Aloft has no balconies and just 1 window. I'll be by myself during the last week of December, and as they are sold out of basic rooms, it's either 4k/5k for lagoon view, or 4.5k/5.5k for ocean view. Still hoping that I get lucky and the Westin opens up rooms as it gets closer as it's similar in amount, but for now, the Aloft is my best option since all other hotels are so expensive during the Holiday week.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on August 26, 2015, 03:33:12 PM
To anyone who has stayed at the Aloft, is it worth 500 SPG points extra per night for an ocean view over a lagoon view? Regularly that would be a no brainer, but I see the Aloft has no balconies and just 1 window. I'll be by myself during the last week of December, and as they are sold out of basic rooms, it's either 4k/5k for lagoon view, or 4.5k/5.5k for ocean view. Still hoping that I get lucky and the Westin opens up rooms as it gets closer as it's similar in amount, but for now, the Aloft is my best option since all other hotels are so expensive during the Holiday week.
the view is not great, a few blocks from ocean, will see buildings with ocean in distance, don't think it is worth more.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on August 26, 2015, 03:41:10 PM
the view is not great, a few blocks from ocean, will see buildings with ocean in distance, don't think it is worth more.

+1
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yoshapman on August 26, 2015, 03:56:50 PM
+1

Thanks guys, switching now
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yoshapman on August 26, 2015, 04:23:42 PM
Ok, so...it had been sold out, but now the regular Westin is available, and as I'm staying 5 nights, it's only 28K, which for 5K above the Aloft seems worth it. They also have Ocean View rooms for 32K. Beach Club building with Royal Lounge access with free Breakfast is 34K. Junior Suite is 56K. So a couple questions:

1) I assume the Westin is nicer than the Aloft, but what's the location like in comparison for Chabad or Kosher Food. Are there supermarkets that are walkable to the Westin?
2) Is it worth 1K more per night for an Ocean View at the Westin? 1.5K more for Lounge Access and Breakfast. I'm thinking of booking the 34K one with Lounge Access and Breakfast.
3) Anything else I should know about Aloft vs Westin or Westin's location.

Westin also has a 60 day cancellation policy for my dates, while I can cancel the Aloft up to the day before.

Going to read more of this thread now as I'd only been reading up on the Aloft.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on August 26, 2015, 04:37:02 PM
Ok, so...it had been sold out, but now the regular Westin is available, and as I'm staying 5 nights, it's only 28K, which for 5K above the Aloft seems worth it. They also have Ocean View rooms for 32K. Beach Club building with Royal Lounge access with free Breakfast is 34K. Junior Suite is 56K. So a couple questions:

1) I assume the Westin is nicer than the Aloft, but what's the location like in comparison for Chabad or Kosher Food. Are there supermarkets that are walkable to the Westin?
2) Is it worth 1K more per night for an Ocean View at the Westin? 1.5K more for Lounge Access and Breakfast. I'm thinking of booking the 34K one with Lounge Access and Breakfast.
3) Anything else I should know about Aloft vs Westin or Westin's location.

Westin also has a 60 day cancellation policy for my dates, while I can cancel the Aloft up to the day before.

Going to read more of this thread now as I'd only been reading up on the Aloft.

The Aloft is right next to Dag Dag (7 minute walk), and about a ~10 minute drive from Luxus.  The Westin is far south, probably 10 minutes to Luxus and 17 to Dag Dag.  Probably worth the 28k points though.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yoshapman on August 26, 2015, 04:42:09 PM
The Aloft is right next to Dag Dag (7 minute walk), and about a ~10 minute drive from Luxus.  The Westin is far south, probably 10 minutes to Luxus and 17 to Dag Dag.  Probably worth the 28k points though.

10 and 17 drive or walk? I don't mind if it's a walk, but drive I won't have a car, so how easy is getting a bus there? Or I guess I could pay the $10 to have Chabad deliver.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: dsw193 on August 26, 2015, 04:43:44 PM
Buses going up and down nonstop for $1
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on August 26, 2015, 04:44:04 PM
Busses are very easy to use, and you can take a bus to walmart,  which had a lot of kosher food
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yoshapman on August 26, 2015, 04:55:03 PM
Anyone know about Kosher food with free breakfast at the Westin (cereal or anything American). Also, they said I have access to the lounge - I saw the Platinum happy hour, but what does Gold get (which I am)? Are there alcoholic drinks?

And is the Chabad actually walkable, or do you need to take a bus. I don't mind if it's just a 20 minute walk.

TIA, appreciate the help
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on August 26, 2015, 08:44:24 PM
And is the Chabad actually walkable, or do you need to take a bus. I don't mind if it's just a 20 minute walk.

TIA, appreciate the help
westin lagunamar is walkable (35 minutes) but the reg westin is much further and closer to an hour walk I think.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on August 31, 2015, 11:25:26 PM
The Aloft is right next to Dag Dag (7 minute walk), and about a ~10 minute drive from Luxus.  The Westin is far south, probably 10 minutes to Luxus and 17 to Dag Dag.  Probably worth the 28k points though.
The regular Westin (not the lagunamar) is very far from dag dag/chabad and not walkable, 2.5 hour walk vs 45 minutes from the lagunamar.  https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Dag+Dag+Kosher+Restaurante,+Zona+Hotelera,+Canc%C3%BAn,+Quintana+Roo,+Mexico/THE+WESTIN+RESORT+%26+SPA+CANCUN,+Blvd.+Kukulc%C3%A1n+KM+20,+Zona+Hotelera,+77500+Canc%C3%BAn,+QROO/@21.0879285,-86.8026555,13z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x8f4c2c067d6b5f43:0xc08626e748d8bf3a!2m2!1d-86.75129!2d21.136824!1m5!1m1!1s0x8f4c2b0d61aaaaab:0x45b07f6e866b5376!2m2!1d-86.7819155!2d21.039054!3e2
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on August 31, 2015, 11:46:01 PM
The regular Westin (not the lagunamar) is very far from dag dag/chabad and not walkable, 2.5 hour walk vs 45 minutes from the lagunamar.  https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Dag+Dag+Kosher+Restaurante,+Zona+Hotelera,+Canc%C3%BAn,+Quintana+Roo,+Mexico/THE+WESTIN+RESORT+%26+SPA+CANCUN,+Blvd.+Kukulc%C3%A1n+KM+20,+Zona+Hotelera,+77500+Canc%C3%BAn,+QROO/@21.0879285,-86.8026555,13z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x8f4c2c067d6b5f43:0xc08626e748d8bf3a!2m2!1d-86.75129!2d21.136824!1m5!1m1!1s0x8f4c2b0d61aaaaab:0x45b07f6e866b5376!2m2!1d-86.7819155!2d21.039054!3e2

I was referring to driving time.  And according to your map I was 1 minute off.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on September 01, 2015, 10:15:32 AM
I was referring to driving time.  And according to your map I was 1 minute off.
meant to reply to @yoshapman, chabad not walkable.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yoshapman on September 01, 2015, 12:23:10 PM
So in this situation (davening with a minyan aside), what would one do. As much as I'd like to be near Chabad and it would make the food situation easier, I think 34K for 5 nights at the Westin ina large room with balcony and free food/drinks beats out 23K at the Aloft.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on September 01, 2015, 01:06:22 PM
So in this situation (davening with a minyan aside), what would one do. As much as I'd like to be near Chabad and it would make the food situation easier, I think 34K for 5 nights at the Westin ina large room with balcony and free food/drinks beats out 23K at the Aloft.

lagunamar I hope..
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yoshapman on September 01, 2015, 01:15:41 PM
lagunamar I hope..

Not an option, too many points and no availability anyways
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on September 01, 2015, 02:48:41 PM
Not an option, too many points and no availability anyways

friendly advice.. check hotwire or priceline & see how cheap you can get a hotel this time of year before you go burn SPG points
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yoshapman on September 01, 2015, 03:32:58 PM
friendly advice.. check hotwire or priceline & see how cheap you can get a hotel this time of year before you go burn SPG points

It's for Christmas time, not now. Everything is very, very high.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Chapshnell on September 01, 2015, 04:45:23 PM
It's for Christmas time, not now. Everything is very, very high.

hyatt zilara?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on September 01, 2015, 10:21:32 PM
So in this situation (davening with a minyan aside), what would one do. As much as I'd like to be near Chabad and it would make the food situation easier, I think 34K for 5 nights at the Westin ina large room with balcony and free food/drinks beats out 23K at the Aloft.
i agree 100%.
as an aside, anyone looking for flights, currently there is a sale on flights to Cancun from EWR/CLE etc at the lowest prices u will find (if not using points...). @Dan, u should come back and really spend some time in Cancun :) http://thepointsguy.com/2015/09/deal-alert-flights-to-cancun-from-238/
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on September 01, 2015, 10:47:08 PM
i agree 100%.
as an aside, anyone looking for flights, currently there is a sale on flights to Cancun from EWR/CLE etc at the lowest prices u will find (if not using points...). @Dan, u should come back and really spend some time in Cancun :) http://thepointsguy.com/2015/09/deal-alert-flights-to-cancun-from-238/
Availability not so great
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 01, 2015, 10:48:14 PM
Availability not so great
When I looked for the sub-$200 deals they all had insane connecting times on the return.

Regardless, I was not a big fan of Mexican police or service. Don't feel the need to run back.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Ulitkany on September 02, 2015, 11:21:27 AM
Guys, I'm planning my vacation in Cancun next week and it looks like Hyatt Zilara has no availability :( I'm a Platinum Member with 11 qualified nights spent at Hyatt properties this year.
Is there a way to request an availability at this property? I know the general rule doesn't apply to resorts but may be there is a away around it?

I also consider to spend 4 nights at JW Marriott and found a deal on Priceline for $187/ per night + taxes with 4th night free and $50 resort credit. Does anyone know if I'll get free breakfast upgrade with my Marriott Gold status obtained from Ritz-Carlton c/c? Any other benefits I can possibly get? Does this property have a club level with food served in the evening?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on September 02, 2015, 01:09:28 PM
Guys, I'm planning my vacation in Cancun next week and it looks like Hyatt Zilara has no availability :( I'm a Platinum Member with 11 qualified nights spent at Hyatt properties this year.
Is there a way to request an availability at this property? I know the general rule doesn't apply to resorts but may be there is a away around it?

Call up the hotel directly and ask to speak to a manager (esp with intl hotels i find lots of room to negotiate with managers), if all rooms are taken prob not much he can/will do but possible some of that was set for a group or something that may have some flex. if you are planning to use points may be harder to negotiate with him, so talk assuming pay and see what he says, and then maybe work through hyatt concierge if u want to do points based on what he says. 
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: gavhaller on September 06, 2015, 08:45:50 PM
Anybody have a timeshare at Lagunamar and care to share opinions/reviews?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: MosheD on September 06, 2015, 09:03:10 PM
i agree 100%.
as an aside, anyone looking for flights, currently there is a sale on flights to Cancun from EWR/CLE etc at the lowest prices u will find (if not using points...). @Dan, u should come back and really spend some time in Cancun :) http://thepointsguy.com/2015/09/deal-alert-flights-to-cancun-from-238/
I'm waiting for a Mia sale and then using Avios
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on September 06, 2015, 09:19:11 PM
I'm waiting for a Mia sale and then using Avios
How many avios from Mia?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: MosheD on September 06, 2015, 09:38:51 PM
How many avios from Mia?
4.5k
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on September 06, 2015, 09:42:54 PM
4.5k
Is there usually a lot of availability for that?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: MosheD on September 06, 2015, 09:44:39 PM
Is there usually a lot of availability for that?
I checked a couple sample dates and there were multiple flights per day with 7 seats. Nothing is a guarantee though.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on September 07, 2015, 01:18:30 AM
I checked a couple sample dates and there were multiple flights per day with 7 seats. Nothing is a guarantee though.
I hope to go sometime this year. Maybe I'll do something similar. Post when you book
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on September 07, 2015, 01:35:32 AM
Anybody have a timeshare at Lagunamar and care to share opinions/reviews?
i have visited and im visiting again and love it, but cant see it being worthwhile to lock in cash payments for a newer hotel that is losing value (and can be booked for points easily).
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: MosheD on September 07, 2015, 01:43:01 AM
i have visited and im visiting again and love it, but cant see it being worthwhile to lock in cash payments for a newer hotel that is losing value (and can be booked for points easily).
I was under the impression that he wanted one of those one-time hear-our-shpiel deals. (Mainly because I can't imagine why someone would want a timeshare) but I could be wrong
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ayman on September 07, 2015, 01:55:21 AM
Went for 5 days with DW. Left DS at home (with a sitter of course :D)
Was absolutely AMAZING!! Stayed in the Grand Hyatt in Playa Del Carmen, stunning hotel.
Rented a car, was a headache, but necessary for where we stayed and activities we did.
Ate at Kosher Luxus one night (pros and cons), and Menfis (crazy cheap, $15 for two nice sized deli sandwiches and fries). Chabad of Playa was extremely courteous and accomodating. (Thank you Rabbi Mendel)
Can't wait to go back, although it'll prob wait til we can experience other places...

ETA: Did not get pulled over, it was painfully obvious which drivers were tourists...  ;) :-[
If you are planning to rent there, beware, the speed limits are crazy. Almost like it's planned to catch ppl speeding.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: gavhaller on September 07, 2015, 10:09:16 AM
I was under the impression that he wanted one of those one-time hear-our-shpiel deals. (Mainly because I can't imagine why someone would want a timeshare) but I could be wrong
Actually, I was interested in actually buying a tineshare.
Already did the free talk :)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: MosheD on September 07, 2015, 06:14:38 PM
Actually, I was interested in actually buying a tineshare.
Already did the free talk :)
They got him!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Jm1248 on September 07, 2015, 06:16:00 PM
Actually, I was interested in actually buying a tineshare.
Already did the free talk :)
They got him!
Lol! You mean you're actually volunteering to buy a timeshare now? They must've really done a number on you ;)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: gavhaller on September 07, 2015, 10:41:30 PM
Lol! You mean you're actually volunteering to buy a timeshare now? They must've really done a number on you ;)
True. But for 10k and a ton of freebie SPG points- I can just rent the stupid thing and make money each year without every using it.
And travel for free with other points ;)

Looking for any others that have made the plunge
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on September 07, 2015, 11:06:23 PM

True. But for 10k and a ton of freebie SPG points- I can just rent the stupid thing and make money each year without every using it.
And travel for free with other points ;)

Looking for any others that have made the plunge

What are the numbers like to purchase?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 07, 2015, 11:14:10 PM
You know it's not a one time fee, correct? You have to pay maintenance fees every year (likely more than you can recoup by renting it out
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 07, 2015, 11:16:16 PM
There's a reason why people are always trying to resell these (for less than they paid)
And if you are going to do this, you are probably better off buying from someone at a discount then buying from the Westin directly
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Shmuli11 on September 08, 2015, 01:22:19 AM
True. But for 10k and a ton of freebie SPG points- I can just rent the stupid thing and make money each year without every using it.
And travel for free with other points ;)

Looking for any others that have made the plunge

I was there recently and spoke to someone who has a time share. He told me that he pays about $1300 a year in fees for a 2 bedroom. I'm not sure how many days he has it for, but he goes at least 2-3 times a year.

It probably depends on how much you need to pay upfront to decide if it's worthwhile. I'm guessing that if you take the purchase price out of the picture, the yearly fees can be covered with rentals. Pity you can't buy it with starwood points.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: gavhaller on September 08, 2015, 10:31:26 AM
I was there recently and spoke to someone who has a time share. He told me that he pays about $1300 a year in fees for a 2 bedroom. I'm not sure how many days he has it for, but he goes at least 2-3 times a year.

It probably depends on how much you need to pay upfront to decide if it's worthwhile. I'm guessing that if you take the purchase price out of the picture, the yearly fees can be covered with rentals. Pity you can't buy it with starwood points.

The cost for a 1 bedroom was $10,900
and $1525 HOA per year.

This is for a one bedroom suite with full kitchen. Rates are upwards of $350 per night.
If I rent it out for even $2200 per week (which isn't unreasonable)- I make back my money and then some in a few years.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Shmuli11 on September 08, 2015, 11:22:07 AM
The cost for a 1 bedroom was $10,900
and $1525 HOA per year.

This is for a one bedroom suite with full kitchen. Rates are upwards of $350 per night.
If I rent it out for even $2200 per week (which isn't unreasonable)- I make back my money and then some in a few years.

He bought it before the hotel opened. Either his numbers were off, or he got a better maintenance fee because he purchased it early.

It's a great hotel to go back to and honestly, if I thought that I would go once a year, I would probably consider time shares as well.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ShlockDoc on September 08, 2015, 11:27:27 AM
Rates are upwards of $350 per night.

Not with points...
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 08, 2015, 11:30:08 AM
The cost for a 1 bedroom was $10,900
and $1525 HOA per year.

This is for a one bedroom suite with full kitchen. Rates are upwards of $350 per night.
If I rent it out for even $2200 per week (which isn't unreasonable)- I make back my money and then some in a few years.
This is for 1 week?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: gavhaller on September 08, 2015, 02:28:13 PM
Not with points...

Not everybody books with points?
The point being- I can rent it out to somebody who does not have points.

This is for 1 week?

It's a bit confusing- since they basically give you a number of starpoints- or as in their terminology, called "options" And you can divide it how you please. But, basically, yes, for 1 week.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 08, 2015, 02:31:31 PM
The cost for a 1 bedroom was $10,900
and $1525 HOA per year.

This is for a one bedroom suite with full kitchen. Rates are upwards of $350 per night.
If I rent it out for even $2200 per week (which isn't unreasonable)- I make back my money and then some in a few years.
How does a $675 profit per year (assuming you rent it out every year at your ask price) recoup $10,900 in a few years?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: MosheD on September 08, 2015, 03:34:36 PM
Posted elsewhere but not here. Ihg ic is currently 15k/night in Oct. (Normally 30k).
Im going to try manually changing dates later
Ends 9/9
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on September 08, 2015, 03:53:27 PM
Posted elsewhere but not here. Ihg ic is currently 15k/night in Oct. (Normally 30k).
Im going to try manually changing dates later
Ends 9/9
Good luck. Let us know how it works.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: MosheD on September 08, 2015, 08:27:42 PM
Good luck. Let us know how it works.
So I can't call Mexico. Do you think this will work via email? Or can I just call ihg?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: MosheD on September 08, 2015, 09:23:10 PM
Good luck. Let us know how it works.
0-2
But got my Mont Tremblant res changed and upgraded no problem
I've resorted to email
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: gavhaller on September 08, 2015, 11:08:52 PM
How does a $675 profit per year (assuming you rent it out every year at your ask price) recoup $10,900 in a few years?

That is IF I rent it for $2200. During high season it could probably get a little more, I assume.
Also, I would still own the property while making back money slowly. Just a thought.
Didn't particularly like the hotel, but I was interested in being able to use the timeshare in cancun, at its "sister resort" in hawaii.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Ergel on September 08, 2015, 11:11:31 PM
People have trouble giving these away so I'm not sure owning the property is a plus
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Ask5599 on September 10, 2015, 11:56:37 AM
Any good options to book flights from nyc area to cancun with points besides for ba?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Marco Polo on September 10, 2015, 11:59:37 AM
Any good options to book flights from nyc area to cancun with points besides for ba?
Probably UA/SQ as your next option.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on September 10, 2015, 04:12:04 PM
Anyone have experience going to cancun mid november time, ie. weather.  I'm thinking of going to the Westin Cancun Resort and Spa, any advice when booking, ie. specific room or area of hotel?  TIA.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on September 16, 2015, 04:37:46 PM
Is it really worth the extra points for the Westin Lagunamar or is the regular Westin resort and spa just as good? Anyone experienced both? Anyone know location wise which one is better for site seeing and restaurants?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on September 16, 2015, 05:24:34 PM
Is it really worth the extra points for the Westin Lagunamar or is the regular Westin resort and spa just as good? Anyone experienced both? Anyone know location wise which one is better for site seeing and restaurants?
Westin lagunamar is closer to all cancun food and chabad, westin reg is closer to airport and playa. Lagunamar is clearly newer (built around 2006 iirc), and also has a really nice mall across the street with haagen dazs (check the vats, they all have OU, if you/your LOR is cool with that). never stayed in regular.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: gavhaller on September 17, 2015, 11:07:05 AM
Is it really worth the extra points for the Westin Lagunamar or is the regular Westin resort and spa just as good? Anyone experienced both? Anyone know location wise which one is better for site seeing and restaurants?
I personally liked the resort and spa much better then the lagunamar
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yoshapman on September 17, 2015, 12:13:40 PM
I think I would base it on a couple factors:

1) How many SPG points you have
2) If you need to be closer/walkable to Chabad/restaurants
3) If you need more space
4) If you are going with kids

For example, when I'm going for 5 nights in high season, the regular Westin is 28K for 5 nights for a regular room, 32K for an ocean view room, and 34K for a royal beach club room which has free breakfast, happy hour, a bigger room by 100+ feet, and a balcony.

If I picked the Lagunamar, it would be 64K for a regular studio, or 70K for a 1 bedroom.

To me, I just can't justify the fact that the Lagunamar is more than double. But, if I had a lot of points, and was with my family and needed more space, and wanted to be able to walk to Chabad on Shabbos, then it might be worth it.

And if the only important thing is location, then the Aloft seems good as it's right near restaurants and Chabad, plus a huge supermarket, and the beach is 1 block away. However, you get what you pay for.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: gavhaller on September 17, 2015, 01:31:21 PM

2) If you need to be closer/walkable to Chabad/restaurants


Terrible idea. its over a 45 minute walk in the insane humid heat.
Not worth it.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on September 17, 2015, 01:57:38 PM
I think I would base it on a couple factors:

1) How many SPG points you have
2) If you need to be closer/walkable to Chabad/restaurants
3) If you need more space
4) If you are going with kids

For example, when I'm going for 5 nights in high season, the regular Westin is 28K for 5 nights for a regular room, 32K for an ocean view room, and 34K for a royal beach club room which has free breakfast, happy hour, a bigger room by 100+ feet, and a balcony.

If I picked the Lagunamar, it would be 64K for a regular studio, or 70K for a 1 bedroom.

To me, I just can't justify the fact that the Lagunamar is more than double. But, if I had a lot of points, and was with my family and needed more space, and wanted to be able to walk to Chabad on Shabbos, then it might be worth it.

And if the only important thing is location, then the Aloft seems good as it's right near restaurants and Chabad, plus a huge supermarket, and the beach is 1 block away. However, you get what you pay for.

We aren't going over a shabbos so don't need to be in walking distance, and we are only going the two of us so dont need a ton of space.  Whats kosher by the free breakfast and by happy hour, its free alcohol or cheaper?
I have reserved both westins for now, lagunamar is 48k and regular westin is 28k for five nights
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on September 17, 2015, 02:17:24 PM
Okay I made 3 reservations which one do you all think I should take.  We are going mid november (not over a shabbos), 2 adults, will likely rent a car.  Please give specific reasons for your choice thanks so much. 

1- Regular Westin, lagoon room-28k points
2-Regular Westin, royal beach club room-34k points
3- Westin Lagunamar- 48kpoints
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ShlockDoc on September 17, 2015, 02:18:31 PM
Okay I made 3 reservations which one do you all think I should take.  We are going mid november (not over a shabbos), 2 adults, will likely rent a car.  Please give specific reasons for your choice thanks so much. 

1- Regular Westin, lagoon room-28k points
2-Regular Westin, royal beach club room-34k points
3- Westin Lagunamar- 48kpoints

These point values are for how many days?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on September 17, 2015, 02:19:05 PM
5 days
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on September 17, 2015, 02:19:21 PM
These point values are for how many days?
5 days
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Ryan the Yid on September 18, 2015, 01:21:54 AM
I am looking to book an all inclusive resort/hotel Sep 30-Oct 7. Has anyone stayed at the Dream sands or the Omni resort and villas? They are both in the Cancun hotel zone. Additionally where is the cheapest/best place to book an all inclusive in Cancun?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Ryan the Yid on September 18, 2015, 01:25:33 AM
Any good options to book flights from nyc area to cancun with points besides for ba?

I booked southwest from isp with a companion pass for 10k per leg
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: CS91 on September 19, 2015, 11:22:32 PM
I am looking to book an all inclusive resort/hotel Sep 30-Oct 7. Has anyone stayed at the Dream sands or the Omni resort and villas? They are both in the Cancun hotel zone. Additionally where is the cheapest/best place to book an all inclusive in Cancun?

I stayed at the Hyatt Zilara. Used sign-up nights. Great experience.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: dvol on September 20, 2015, 08:56:52 AM
Traveling to CUN for Sukkot. Anyone have experience taking a lulav & esrog into Mexico?

Also will need cell phone service that is not dependant on wifi. I have Sprint, and my SO has Verizon. Anyone know what the options/best idea for that would be?

TIA
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Dan on September 20, 2015, 09:08:12 AM
I'd be very nervous bringing arba minim into MEX.
Make sure you have enough baksheesh...

Call your carrier to signup for a MEX plan for your travel dates.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on September 20, 2015, 09:30:54 AM
Traveling to CUN for Sukkot. Anyone have experience taking a lulav & esrog into Mexico?

Also will need cell phone service that is not dependant on wifi. I have Sprint, and my SO has Verizon. Anyone know what the options/best idea for that would be?

TIA
I think Sprint may include free calling in Mexico these days but I believe you need to call and have it added to your plan.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on September 20, 2015, 09:37:33 AM
Traveling to CUN for Sukkot. Anyone have experience taking a lulav & esrog into Mexico?

Also will need cell phone service that is not dependant on wifi. I have Sprint, and my SO has Verizon. Anyone know what the options/best idea for that would be?

TIA
Sprint has free data (up to 2g) so you can theoretically use that for phone calls
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on September 20, 2015, 09:40:37 AM
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150810006393/en/World-Bigger-Affordable-%E2%80%93-Sprint-Open-WorldSM#.VcovBpNVhBd
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on September 20, 2015, 02:16:42 PM
Car advice, rent or not? Staying at the Regular Westin, are the buses frequent? Are the cabs inexpensive? We rented a car is Cabo and was great, was a bit of a hassle at the rental place as they kept trying to over charge us but once we had the car we were happy to have the freedom.  However, seems everyone gets pulled over and don't want to deal with that at all! What do you all think?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on September 20, 2015, 03:06:40 PM
Car advice, rent or not? Staying at the Regular Westin, are the buses frequent? Are the cabs inexpensive? We rented a car is Cabo and was great, was a bit of a hassle at the rental place as they kept trying to over charge us but once we had the car we were happy to have the freedom.  However, seems everyone gets pulled over and don't want to deal with that at all! What do you all think?
Read upthread,  lots discussion. Basically,  it depends on what you are doing
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: gavhaller on September 20, 2015, 03:23:02 PM
Been there twice. Rented a car both times.
Never had an issue. Drove all over the place.
Can't speak for others though- I followed the speed limits.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: dvol on September 20, 2015, 03:36:38 PM
http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20150810006393/en/World-Bigger-Affordable-%E2%80%93-Sprint-Open-WorldSM#.VcovBpNVhBd

Thanks!

The reason I asked about the lulav and esrog is because the woman from Kosher Luxus mentioned that no one bringing them in last year had any issues.

Also were going to be spending several days in Isla Mujeres. I've been trying to find the contact information for Cafe Maya but I've been having no luck. Does anyone know how to get in touch with them?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on September 20, 2015, 03:57:51 PM
Thanks!

The reason I asked about the lulav and esrog is because the woman from Kosher Luxus mentioned that no one bringing them in last year had any issues.

Also were going to be spending several days in Isla Mujeres. I've been trying to find the contact information for Cafe Maya but I've been having no luck. Does anyone know how to get in touch with them?
This is all I found on Isla Mujeres,  didn't think it was a cafe,  was a random chabad http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=1451.msg1178489.msg#1178489
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on September 20, 2015, 05:40:06 PM
Been there twice. Rented a car both times.
Never had an issue. Drove all over the place.
Can't speak for others though- I followed the speed limits.

Thanks so much
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yoshapman on September 22, 2015, 01:58:47 PM
Does anyone have any advice for 1) An all day tour in Cancun or surrounding areas (with very little or no boating as I get seasick pretty easily) 2) The best way to do Isla Mujeres for the day. Will be there last week of Dec. Thanks.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on September 22, 2015, 02:43:20 PM
Does anyone have any advice for 1) An all day tour in Cancun or surrounding areas (with very little or no boating as I get seasick pretty easily) 2) The best way to do Isla Mujeres for the day. Will be there last week of Dec. Thanks.
See my tr http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=1451.msg1178489.msg#1178489

Take a ferry and rent a golf cart on the island
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yoshapman on September 23, 2015, 09:17:37 PM
See my tr http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=1451.msg1178489.msg#1178489

Take a ferry and rent a golf cart on the island

Thanks, will check it out
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on September 24, 2015, 02:17:45 PM
Booked with the Regular Westin a room at the royal beach club.  However, was told they older have 'coolers' not refrigerators.  They said it doesn't make cold that which is hot etc.  Does anyone have experience with this, does it really not make things cold? And what did you do for food just eat out and never refrigerate anything??
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on September 24, 2015, 03:40:31 PM
Booked with the Regular Westin a room at the royal beach club.  However, was told they older have 'coolers' not refrigerators.  They said it doesn't make cold that which is hot etc.  Does anyone have experience with this, does it really not make things cold? And what did you do for food just eat out and never refrigerate anything??
would think if u pay them $10 a day they will bring in a small actual fridge. i assume they mean the small buckets u put ice in to keep stuff cool.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on September 24, 2015, 03:48:38 PM
would think if u pay them $10 a day they will bring in a small actual fridge. i assume they mean the small buckets u put ice in to keep stuff cool.
" we have minibars that works more like a cooler"..."Regarding the refrigerator and the cooler is that the last one just help to keep the items cool, it does not work to keep food and beverage or to turn cold a warm drink"
Thats what they said
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: avrumy22 on September 24, 2015, 04:20:30 PM
" we have minibars that works more like a cooler"..."Regarding the refrigerator and the cooler is that the last one just help to keep the items cool, it does not work to keep food and beverage or to turn cold a warm drink"
Thats what they said
would think if u pay them $10 a day they will bring in a small actual fridge. i assume they mean the small buckets u put ice in to keep stuff cool.

I was in a hotel recently that the fridge was barley on. I called room service and they sent a tech to check it out. turns out that was the temp for this fridge and the mini bar. they offered to store my food in their fridge or bring buckets of ice. I did the ice and had them change it as needed.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yoshapman on September 24, 2015, 06:01:03 PM
I'd like to know as well, as I'll be there 5 days and will need to store food. Usually if you have medicine or say there's a good reason, they give you a fridge. I've never had a problem in any hotel yet, though I've never been to Mexico.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on September 24, 2015, 07:23:05 PM
I'd like to know as well, as I'll be there 5 days and will need to store food. Usually if you have medicine or say there's a good reason, they give you a fridge. I've never had a problem in any hotel yet, though I've never been to Mexico.
Are you going to the regular westin? I specifically only said medicine.  She (the hotel guest service manager) said what they do for pp is keep it in their own fridge.  I just emailed her back saying we might have to switch hotels if no fridge is available and im waiting to hear back.  I have been to mexico, cabo, and there was a mini bar that they took everything out of.  But here she keeps calling it a 'cooler' and saying it doesn't cool things so im a bit worried.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Ryan the Yid on September 25, 2015, 12:58:16 AM
Im going to CUN for Succot does anyone know if tmobile has free calling to the US or just data? Additionally I am going alone with my wife and we want to do some sporty day trips (ie scuba diving, snorkeling, hiking) any suggestions tia
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Aaaron on September 27, 2015, 11:06:25 AM
Im going to CUN for Succot does anyone know if tmobile has free calling to the US or just data? Additionally I am going alone with my wife and we want to do some sporty day trips (ie scuba diving, snorkeling, hiking) any suggestions tia

I did a few days of diving with Squalodivers, and they were reasonably-priced and fantastic.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g150807-d3596124-Reviews-Squalodivers-Cancun_Yucatan_Peninsula.html
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ayman on September 27, 2015, 11:46:43 AM
Sprint has free calling and texting to USA from mex. And 1 gb data free. ( need a phone with lte service)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: MrPrime1 on November 02, 2015, 04:55:40 PM
Gh playa del carmen or westin resort and spa? westin is 7k points, GH is 20k per night.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: solls108 on November 03, 2015, 11:45:42 AM
How would I get from Cancun to Isla Mejures?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on November 03, 2015, 11:53:47 AM
How would I get from Cancun to Isla Mejures?
Look at my tr upthread. There is a ferry
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on November 03, 2015, 11:55:43 AM
anyone recently been to the hyatt?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: dsw193 on November 03, 2015, 11:58:09 AM
anyone recently been to the hyatt?
Was there in August.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: CS91 on November 03, 2015, 12:38:07 PM
anyone recently been to the hyatt?

Which Hyatt? I was at the Zilara last May.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on November 03, 2015, 12:38:42 PM
Which Hyatt? I was at the Zilara last May.
On cash or points?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: CS91 on November 03, 2015, 12:58:08 PM
On cash or points?

Sign up nights.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on November 03, 2015, 01:03:22 PM
Sign up nights.
what room did you get?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: CS91 on November 03, 2015, 01:56:14 PM
what room did you get?

Hyatt Zilara Ocean Front Junior Suite King. Was confirmed for Hyatt Zilara Junior Suite King (their base room), but I had Diamond Status at the time and told them it was my honeymoon so got double upgraded.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on November 09, 2015, 02:08:33 PM
Does it make sense to do a day trip to Playa from cancun, whats there to do there? Were not the adventurous type, more chilled relaxed vacation types.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: chazan brezch on November 09, 2015, 03:47:33 PM
What's the deal with bringing milk? Any ideas? Hoping to freeze and put in checked in luggage. Will there be an issue with customs?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: JayR on November 10, 2015, 09:45:45 AM
Does it make sense to do a day trip to Playa from cancun, whats there to do there? Were not the adventurous type, more chilled relaxed vacation types.

yes; you can make stops along the way. Plus playa is the place to walk around and take in the culture
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ShlockDoc on November 10, 2015, 10:11:39 AM
yes; you can make stops along the way. Plus playa is the place to walk around and take in the culture

Also, the Hotel770 restaurant was our favorite of all the options.  Huge portions and reasonable prices. 
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on November 10, 2015, 10:21:43 AM
What's the deal with bringing milk? Any ideas? Hoping to freeze and put in checked in luggage. Will there be an issue with customs?
Milk, should be fine if sealed and clearly labeled with usda.  But why not buy there?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: chazan brezch on November 10, 2015, 05:28:46 PM
Milk, should be fine if sealed and clearly labeled with usda.  But why not buy there?

Is cholov yisroel available near Lagunumar?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on November 10, 2015, 05:37:55 PM
Is cholov yisroel available near Lagunumar?
Not sure.  Chabad may have.  But check with your lor,  since chalav Stam does not exist in Mexico. 
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sruly on November 11, 2015, 08:05:19 PM
https://www.generosity.com/fundraisers/a-safe-home-for-the-druk-family
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: chazan brezch on November 11, 2015, 08:09:29 PM
For anyone that ever benefitted from Chabad of Cancun, please read:

http://crownheights.info/crime/509025/mexico-shluchim-robbed-in-terrifying-nighttime-burglary/
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on November 12, 2015, 05:08:15 PM
Anyone recently stay at the regular westin resort and spa and can give feedback on their experience?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: nochum18 on November 12, 2015, 10:25:08 PM
Whats the cheapest way to get service with a Verizon phone in Mexico?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: dsw193 on November 12, 2015, 11:02:28 PM
Whats the cheapest way to get service with a Verizon phone in Mexico?
I added this Mexico calling plan for 1 billing cycle: $25/mo for 500 min, 500 sent msg, 1 GB
Overage: $.05/min, $.05/msg, $20/1GB
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sillypainter on November 12, 2015, 11:03:42 PM
I added this Mexico calling plan for 1 billing cycle: $25/mo for 500 min, 500 sent msg, 1 GB
Overage: $.05/min, $.05/msg, $20/1GB

They actually just launched a "travel pass" for $2/day and you get your "home allowance".
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on November 12, 2015, 11:44:03 PM
Any advice for using tmobile in mexico?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on November 12, 2015, 11:49:49 PM
I used Sprint and it was free.  I think that T-mobile is the same. Putpac
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on November 14, 2015, 08:19:01 PM
Anyone going to be in cancun this week?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: chazan brezch on November 15, 2015, 11:39:13 PM
Anyone have any taxi connections (was hoping to maybe get the number for Here to learn's taxi friend that I read about in TR)? Otherwise, what are recommendations on taking the lagunamar's service for $85 round trip?

Also, what's the deal with using US dollars? Spg is saying that it is no longer accepted even for tips...???
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on November 15, 2015, 11:59:09 PM
unless something changed in the past few months, dollars are accepted everywhere.
See my TR for a cheaper option http://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=1451.msg1178459#msg1178459
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Sport on November 17, 2015, 09:56:48 PM
Anybody stay at the Zilara and upgrade to the swim up suite ?
Getting mixed reviews, from FT it sounds like its not worth it but is highly recommended on trip adviser. Would like to hear first hand experience.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on November 17, 2015, 10:14:44 PM
hyatt zilara all inclusive really means i pay for nothing? (even if i book with free nights)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: CS91 on November 17, 2015, 11:46:47 PM
hyatt zilara all inclusive really means i pay for nothing? (even if i book with free nights)

What do you mean by nothing? Food and alcohol is free, but extras such as spa treatments are extra. Free nights doesn't change anything.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on November 17, 2015, 11:53:18 PM
What do you mean by nothing? Food and alcohol is free, but extras such as spa treatments are extra. Free nights doesn't change anything.
Food and drinks are free and no room taxes upon checkout for free nights.  Correct?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Ryan the Yid on November 18, 2015, 12:04:38 AM
Food and drinks are free and no room taxes upon checkout for free nights.  Correct?

Yes, anytime you stay in an all-inclusive it means taxes and fees are included in the price. :-). I was in Cancun over succot make sure you do the jungle tour its an inexpensive great excursion.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on November 20, 2015, 12:35:11 PM
Just got back from cancun and heres a little tr: FYI trip was nice but probably have no intention on going back.  If we would go back to mexico would be to Cabo.  Cabo was less touristy so less pp hounding you and just a nicer place in my opinion. 

Day 1- sunday: Took Southwest on sale with points plus companion pass.   I dont remember the exact amount but was very little, which is what spurred the trip. The airport was insane.  The line to get through passport control was crazy long and then after baggage to get through customs was a mad house.  They didn't have long enough roped off areas for the lines so it was just a mob of pp trying to get into the lines, literally insanity.  Finally we got out and found our reserved cab driver from the hotel that we booked before hand. We stayed at the Westin Resort and Spa, at the Royal Beach Club part for 34K spg points.  The room was lovely and had a great porch with beautiful ocean front views.  It comes with free breakfast (basically only had the fruit) and free drinks at happy hour.  Additionally, the RBC has its own pool and beach so its nice and quiet. 
Day 2-Monday: We didn't rent a car, probably our first vacation that we didn't and it was great.  Taking the bus was super easy as they come so often and go everywhere.  We took the bus to a flea market area/coco bongo area but wouldn't suggest going as its pretty annoying having everyone hound you to try and go into there store.  It was very much like the markets in s. africa, which I wouldn't suggest either.  We enjoyed haagan daaz there then went to red heifer but they werent open yet, so we went to walmart.  Bought some things then headed back to the hotel.  We then went back out to red heifer.  It was a very nice place and food was fine but nothing to write home about.  We would have only gone back to have a 'night out' and not for the food.
Day 3-Tuesday: Stayed at the hotel and enjoyed the ocean.  We ordered from Chabad and it was Great! Way way better then red heifer, and if you just want good food only get from chabad and dont even bother with red heifer. 
Day 4- Wednesday:  Took the ferry to isla mejures.  We first went out to eat at cafe maya and it was AMAZING!! Its pretty cool that this kosher place is literally in middle of no where.  The food and drinks were literally so so good.  We were happy we went to the island just for that.  But then we rented a golf cart and had the most amazing time! We drove the whole island and it was just beautiful and was a great day.
Day 5-Thursday: We were leaving so had a pretty chilled day, walked the ocean and had food delivered from chabad for our flight home.  Again delicious.  The airport back was uneventful, bh.  However, was disappointed that we couldn't use our priority pass since they only allow you in after 4:30pm oh well.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on November 20, 2015, 12:49:58 PM
Cool.  Do you by any chance have a picture of cafe maya
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: robbie on November 24, 2015, 09:32:09 PM
Anybody stay at the Zilara and upgrade to the swim up suite ?
Getting mixed reviews, from FT it sounds like its not worth it but is highly recommended on trip adviser. Would like to hear first hand experience.

its a nice perk but i dont think its worth the money.  i did not upgrade and was very happy with my decision.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: chazan brezch on December 02, 2015, 01:06:52 AM
Cool.  Do you by any chance have a picture of cafe maya

Here it is. Thank you & chani21 & Here to learn for all your help!

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/xu3rzpg4x03cjeo/CafeMaya.jpg?raw=1)

BTW, I almost walked into a place around the block named "maya" that had a mezuzah on the door?!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on December 02, 2015, 02:23:01 AM
Here it is. Thank you & chani21 & Here to learn for all your help!

(https://www.dropbox.com/s/xu3rzpg4x03cjeo/CafeMaya.jpg?raw=1)

BTW, I almost walked into a place around the block named "maya" that had a mezuzah on the door?!

I guess my directions weren't that great sorry.  Hope you enjoyed the island.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: chazan brezch on December 02, 2015, 10:52:37 AM
I guess my directions weren't that great sorry.  Hope you enjoyed the island.
They were perfect! I made a detour ;-) it was a lot of fun!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shayaj on December 08, 2015, 10:01:11 AM
Any suggestions, ziva or zilara?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: CS91 on December 08, 2015, 10:21:13 AM
Any suggestions, ziva or zilara?
I stayed at the Zilara and loved it. Can't speak to Ziva though.
Title: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shayaj on December 09, 2015, 12:55:07 AM

I stayed at the Zilara and loved it. Can't speak to Ziva though.

Did you get kosher food from them? They told me that they have a kosher menu?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on December 09, 2015, 12:59:11 AM
Did you get kosher food from them? They told me that they have a kosher menu?
Never heard of them offering kosher.
Could you ask them for the menu and what kind of kosher certificate the food has
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shayaj on December 09, 2015, 01:00:23 AM
Definitely will
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: CS91 on December 09, 2015, 01:18:20 AM
Did you get kosher food from them? They told me that they have a kosher menu?
Nope. I think I remember them offering to order for me from a local Kosher restaurant, but that I'd have to pay for it so didn't really look into it. Had fruit for breakfast, brought bagels and PB for lunch, and then emailed them beforehand about them making me fish wrapped in foil for dinner (they let me go into the kitchen to turn on the flame/watch the guy clean the salmon and put it in foil).
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on December 09, 2015, 01:42:49 PM
Cancun is known to be a safe destination for tourist and accessible without renting a car
Is it the same for Playa del carmen
Whats basically the difference between these 2 destinations?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shayaj on December 09, 2015, 02:11:17 PM

Never heard of them offering kosher.
Could you ask them for the menu and what kind of kosher certificate the food has

They just replied to me

"Please understand that our resort does not offer Kosher food.
However, external providers can offer Kosher food at additional cost."
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on December 09, 2015, 02:26:24 PM
Cancun is known to be a safe destination for tourist and accessible without renting a car
Is it the same for Playa del carmen
Whats basically the difference between these 2 destinations?
Cancun has cheap buses running up and down the tourist area
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ShlockDoc on December 10, 2015, 10:21:30 AM
Has anyone stayed at the Hyatt Ziva?  Any feedback?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yossi621 on December 10, 2015, 10:26:05 AM
Has anyone stayed at the Hyatt Ziva?  Any feedback?

i'll be there feb 21-25, booked free room at 25k a night
would also like to know more about it... kosher options?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ShlockDoc on December 10, 2015, 12:06:24 PM
i'll be there feb 21-25, booked free room at 25k a night
would also like to know more about it... kosher options?

Actually, I changed my mind and booked the Zilara since I wont be bringing my kids.  24-27th. Better to go with a known entity...
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 10, 2015, 12:57:21 PM
Actually, I changed my mind and booked the Zilara since I wont be bringing my kids.  24-27th. Better to go with a known entity...
did u get a swim up room?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: CS91 on December 10, 2015, 01:10:46 PM
did u get a swim up room?
From the looks of them when I was there, I wouldn't want one. Zero privacy, basically have to keep your shades completely closed any time you're in the room unless you want everyone that's at the pool looking in.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yossi621 on December 10, 2015, 01:12:30 PM
Actually, I changed my mind and booked the Zilara since I wont be bringing my kids.  24-27th. Better to go with a known entity...

 I hear ya, also going without the kids, but I wanted to try the Ziva since its brand new...
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 10, 2015, 01:17:01 PM
From the looks of them when I was there, I wouldn't want one. Zero privacy, basically have to keep your shades completely closed any time you're in the room unless you want everyone that's at the pool looking in.
thanks. from the pictures it looks very tempting and cool. btw the hyatt ziva also has some swim up rooms but it looks like on a higher floor, then it may have some privacy
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ShlockDoc on December 10, 2015, 01:35:03 PM
did u get a swim up room?

For the 20K they just had View King Jr Suite.  I'll see what I can do with the check in clerk when I get there...
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yoshapman on December 14, 2015, 02:19:07 PM
If I am just bringing a carryon, what are the easiest food items that I will 100% have no issues bringing into the country if it takes me a day or 2 to get food there from Walmart or Chabad or whatever? Thank you.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: zow on December 14, 2015, 03:07:19 PM
For one night with the family, after arriving in Cancun and before going to the Lagunamar, which would you choose?

2 rooms at Aloft, 4,000 SPG per room (8,000 SPG total)
OR
2 rooms at Holiday Inn, $80 per room (incl. taxes, I think).

Thanks.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on December 14, 2015, 03:21:53 PM
If I am just bringing a carryon, what are the easiest food items that I will 100% have no issues bringing into the country if it takes me a day or 2 to get food there from Walmart or Chabad or whatever? Thank you.
No meat or chicken. And make sure dairy is sealed with usda inspection
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 14, 2015, 05:12:03 PM
hyatt is telling me that no available free nights. i am a platinum member, should there be any blackout dates?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on December 14, 2015, 05:52:22 PM
hyatt is telling me that no available free nights. i am a platinum member, should there be any blackout dates?
as long as there is a standard room available there should be no blackout dates. Status has nothing to do with that
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 14, 2015, 06:18:30 PM
as long as there is a standard room available there should be no blackout dates. Status has nothing to do with that
No standard room available.  Only upgraded suite. Any way to get them to let me use free night?

And second question : if zilara not available should i stay at hyatt ziva or consider going to a different destination?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Srsy on December 15, 2015, 07:51:51 AM
Where is the best place to stay walking distance to a minyan the last weekend of January?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 15, 2015, 02:19:06 PM
anyone know updated info regarding food availability?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on December 16, 2015, 09:10:14 PM
Where is the best place to stay walking distance to a minyan the last weekend of January?
i will be there with family, there is a minyan by the smaller pool around 7am at the Westin lagunamar, otherwise ask Chabad rabbi if there will be a minyan at chabad house which is closer to the aloft.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on December 16, 2015, 09:19:43 PM
i will be there with family, there is a minyan by the smaller pool around 7am at the Westin lagunamar, otherwise ask Chabad rabbi if there will be a minyan at chabad house which is closer to the aloft.
7am 
That's real vacation style
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on December 16, 2015, 10:50:57 PM
7am 
That's real vacation style
prob 715 (see what i said in wiki), but i know some there wanted it earlier so to be safe on first day would shoot for 7am. the minyan is right off from the pool (no room for it) so if it started later could get awkward, don't want any extra hagbahs :)...
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Srsy on December 17, 2015, 07:47:34 AM
7am 
That's real vacation style
What about Shsbbos?  Can't walk to Chabad
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on December 17, 2015, 08:21:36 AM
What about Shsbbos?  Can't walk to Chabad
The new Hyatt Ziva is a 10 minute walk from chabad
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 17, 2015, 10:50:50 AM
what is the cell phone situation in cancun? anyone have experience with sprint?

and i also need recommendation on things to do(i read the wiki but i want updated first hand experience)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on December 17, 2015, 11:39:06 AM
what is the cell phone situation in cancun? anyone have experience with sprint?

and i also need recommendation on things to do(i read the wiki but i want updated first hand experience)
Sprint gives free data,  (throttled at 2g, which was fine for me). I used wifi for phone calls. Take a day trip to Isla Mujeres (see my tr upthread)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 17, 2015, 11:44:20 AM
Sprint gives free data,  (throttled at 2g, which was fine for me). I used wifi for phone calls. Take a day trip to Isla Mujeres (see my tr upthread)
Thanks
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on December 17, 2015, 03:45:37 PM
what is the cell phone situation in cancun? anyone have experience with sprint?

and i also need recommendation on things to do(i read the wiki but i want updated first hand experience)

isla mujeres isla mujeres isla mujeres!!!!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on December 17, 2015, 06:19:24 PM
isla mujeres isla mujeres isla mujeres!!!!
That is really only one day,  though
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on December 18, 2015, 12:53:09 AM
That is really only one day,  though

I know you could do it in one day but if I were to go again, I would probably want to stay over night.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: chazan brezch on December 18, 2015, 12:58:42 AM
Sprint gives free data,  (throttled at 2g, which was fine for me). I used wifi for phone calls. Take a day trip to Isla Mujeres (see my tr upthread)

Heads up: Sprint has a free data add-on for mexico, but you need to call them to activate.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mutty on December 20, 2015, 12:10:53 PM
Is the Westin resort & spa  walkable to shul? In the wicki doesn't say anything about it. Is it a nice place to stay? What about the Marriot as far as walking to shul?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mutty on December 20, 2015, 12:13:16 PM
Which Marriot is the JW mentioned in the wicki?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on December 20, 2015, 01:31:38 PM
Is the Westin resort & spa  walkable to shul? In the wicki doesn't say anything about it. Is it a nice place to stay? What about the Marriot as far as walking to shul?

We just stayed at the westin resort and spa it was nice but definitely not walkable to shul.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ShlockDoc on December 20, 2015, 01:32:43 PM
Is anyone going to be at the Hyatt Zilara this coming weekend, 12/26?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 20, 2015, 02:20:06 PM
The hyatt ziva is beautiful!  I had emailed the GM and he got me an awesome upgrade. The service so far is also great

On a side note: anyone know where i can buy American cheese? They confiscated it since it didn't have original label
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on December 20, 2015, 02:29:20 PM
The hyatt zira is beautiful!  I had emailed the GM and he got me an awesome upgrade. The service so far is also great

On a side note: anyone know where i can buy American cheese? They confiscated it since it didn't have original label
Nice!! Any pics?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: elikay on December 20, 2015, 02:48:53 PM
The hyatt ziva is beautiful!  I had emailed the GM and he got me an awesome upgrade. The service so far is also great

On a side note: anyone know where i can buy American cheese? They confiscated it since it didn't have original label
Good Luck getting amaerican cheese in Mexico :D
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on December 20, 2015, 02:51:11 PM
The hyatt ziva is beautiful!  I had emailed the GM and he got me an awesome upgrade. The service so far is also great

On a side note: anyone know where i can buy American cheese? They confiscated it since it didn't have original label
Doubtful... Go to walmart and get Mexican cream cheese
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yossi621 on December 20, 2015, 03:25:31 PM
The hyatt ziva is beautiful!  I had emailed the GM and he got me an awesome upgrade. The service so far is also great

On a side note: anyone know where i can buy American cheese? They confiscated it since it didn't have original label

I'm staying there end of feb for 4 nights for my anniversary, can you share the email address?

thx!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 20, 2015, 04:05:52 PM
I'm staying there end of feb for 4 nights for my anniversary, can you share the email address?

thx!
Alexandre.debrouwer@hyatt.com
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yossi621 on December 20, 2015, 04:29:13 PM
Alexandre.debrouwer@hyatt.com
thanks
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on December 20, 2015, 04:52:31 PM
The hyatt ziva is beautiful!  I had emailed the GM and he got me an awesome upgrade. The service so far is also great

On a side note: anyone know where i can buy American cheese? They confiscated it since it didn't have original label
If you are willing to shlep, Costco definitely has a bunch of good cheeses, inc possibly cholov yisroel american (definitely muenster) plus big tubs of cholov stam cream cheese. ask the chabad rabbi if he knows.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: MrPrime1 on December 20, 2015, 04:59:05 PM
The hyatt ziva is beautiful!  I had emailed the GM and he got me an awesome upgrade. The service so far is also great

On a side note: anyone know where i can buy American cheese? They confiscated it since it didn't have original label
Good to hear, I'll be there  in January. What did you say to get the upgrade?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on December 21, 2015, 07:39:32 PM
The hyatt ziva is beautiful!  I had emailed the GM and he got me an awesome upgrade. The service so far is also great

On a side note: anyone know where i can buy American cheese? They confiscated it since it didn't have original label
Nice, What upgrade did you get?
Do you have pictures of the room?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on December 21, 2015, 09:54:20 PM
 
Day 4- Wednesday:  Took the ferry to isla mejures.  We first went out to eat at cafe maya and it was AMAZING!! Its pretty cool that this kosher place is literally in middle of no where.  The food and drinks were literally so so good.  We were happy we went to the island just for that.  But then we rented a golf cart and had the most amazing time! We drove the whole island and it was just beautiful and was a great day.
Can you (or @lunatic or anyone else who went there) add details re Cafe Maya in Isla Mujeres (location/kosher under chabad Isla?) to the Wiki? Also, anyone ever went to Isla with little kids (9 7 and a 2 yr old prob in stroller)? possible to fit 5 peeps and a stroller in a golf cart? Ya'asher koach for the TR.
EDIT: all on Google pretty easy these days BH: http://www.yelp.com/biz/kosher-maya-cafe-isla-mujeres
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g150810-d7100368-Reviews-Maya_Cafe-Isla_Mujeres_Yucatan_Peninsula.html#REVIEWS
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on December 22, 2015, 12:41:38 AM
Can you (or @lunatic or anyone else who went there) add details re Cafe Maya in Isla Mujeres (location/kosher under chabad Isla?) to the Wiki? Also, anyone ever went to Isla with little kids (9 7 and a 2 yr old prob in stroller)? possible to fit 5 peeps and a stroller in a golf cart? Ya'asher koach for the TR.
EDIT: all on Google pretty easy these days BH: http://www.yelp.com/biz/kosher-maya-cafe-isla-mujeres
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g150810-d7100368-Reviews-Maya_Cafe-Isla_Mujeres_Yucatan_Peninsula.html#REVIEWS
I didn't see the cafe,  so can't comment on it (though found some other random chabad place,  not sure about hashgacha). I actually can't remember if there was two rows of seats on the golf carts or not.  I will try to ask dw tomorrow
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: chazan brezch on December 22, 2015, 01:09:31 AM
Can you (or @lunatic or anyone else who went there) add details re Cafe Maya in Isla Mujeres (location/kosher under chabad Isla?) to the Wiki? Also, anyone ever went to Isla with little kids (9 7 and a 2 yr old prob in stroller)? possible to fit 5 peeps and a stroller in a golf cart? Ya'asher koach for the TR.
EDIT: all on Google pretty easy these days BH: http://www.yelp.com/biz/kosher-maya-cafe-isla-mujeres
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g150810-d7100368-Reviews-Maya_Cafe-Isla_Mujeres_Yucatan_Peninsula.html#REVIEWS
Most carts had two rows of seats, with the second row facing to the rear (that I saw) and they had space to store a stroller, although 5 may be a tight fit. If you have time to look between the rental outfits, you will find nicer/better/maybe even bigger carts. As you did for Maya, you can Google "golf carts isla mujeres" and you can pretty much get all the info you need (ie. http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g150810-d4588284-Reviews-Isla_Mujeres_Golf_Cart_Rentals-Isla_Mujeres_Yucatan_Peninsula.html).
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: chazan brezch on December 22, 2015, 02:09:54 AM
Can you (or @lunatic or anyone else who went there) add details re Cafe Maya in Isla Mujeres (location/kosher under chabad Isla?) to the Wiki? Also, anyone ever went to Isla with little kids (9 7 and a 2 yr old prob in stroller)? possible to fit 5 peeps and a stroller in a golf cart? Ya'asher koach for the TR.
EDIT: all on Google pretty easy these days BH: http://www.yelp.com/biz/kosher-maya-cafe-isla-mujeres
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g150810-d7100368-Reviews-Maya_Cafe-Isla_Mujeres_Yucatan_Peninsula.html#REVIEWS
As for Maya, it's two blocks straight ahead when you exit the ferry terminal (Calle Bravo?), make a left when you hit the end (on Av Guerrero) go another block and it's a few stores down the next block on the left side. Hechsher info from Cafe Maya:

(https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/52409136/MayaHechsher_resized.jpeg)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Davidp on December 22, 2015, 09:25:42 PM
Maybe I'm not looking in the right place, but I can't find the wiki. Can someone point me in the right direction please? Thanks!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: alpicone on December 22, 2015, 09:28:48 PM
Top of any page on a desktop/laptop. Top of page one on a mobile device.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: voldemort on December 22, 2015, 09:29:06 PM
Maybe I'm not looking in the right place, but I can't find the wiki. Can someone point me in the right direction please? Thanks!
Are you on Tapatalk?  Wiki's aren't showing up currently.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Davidp on December 22, 2015, 10:01:14 PM

Are you on Tapatalk?  Wiki's aren't showing up currently.
that would explain it- thank you!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on December 23, 2015, 03:44:48 PM
Can you (or @lunatic or anyone else who went there) add details re Cafe Maya in Isla Mujeres (location/kosher under chabad Isla?) to the Wiki? Also, anyone ever went to Isla with little kids (9 7 and a 2 yr old prob in stroller)? possible to fit 5 peeps and a stroller in a golf cart? Ya'asher koach for the TR.
EDIT: all on Google pretty easy these days BH: http://www.yelp.com/biz/kosher-maya-cafe-isla-mujeres
http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g150810-d7100368-Reviews-Maya_Cafe-Isla_Mujeres_Yucatan_Peninsula.html#REVIEWS

sorry I just saw this and it looks like someone already added to the wiki.  just to add regarding the hechsher, I know someone posted the sign, but I just asked the chabad shluchem in chancun, the druks and they said it was good so I went based on that.  Additionally, I saw another cafe with a lot of hebrew on it but I am guessing its not kosher as no one on here mentioned it and the druks didnt mention it to me, but I guess its possible it is.
Regarding the carts, you can certainly fit five pp on the bigger carts.  There are smaller ones without the back bench but make sure to get one with a back bench and you can probably put a stroller in the back.  I would guess two adults with smallest child in the front and two in the back.  Enjoy!!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yoshapman on December 23, 2015, 08:54:48 PM
If entering Mexico with basic food like bread and snacks but no real dinner food, do I need to check the box by customs that says I'm bringing in food (which is lumped in with many other things including guns, wildlife, meat and poultry, etc) and just push the button for red/green? Or do you just check yes and have them look at what I'm bringing in?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on December 23, 2015, 09:05:28 PM
If entering Mexico with basic food like bread and snacks but no real dinner food, do I need to check the box by customs that says I'm bringing in food (which is lumped in with many other things including guns, wildlife, meat and poultry, etc) and just push the button for red/green? Or do you just check yes and have them look at what I'm bringing in?
I don't think it matters,  they x-ray it anyway.  I personally think the red and green light is bull
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 23, 2015, 09:17:43 PM
If entering Mexico with basic food like bread and snacks but no real dinner food, do I need to check the box by customs that says I'm bringing in food (which is lumped in with many other things including guns, wildlife, meat and poultry, etc) and just push the button for red/green? Or do you just check yes and have them look at what I'm bringing in?
no need to check the box. and by us it was green and as we walked further they decided to check us out anyways
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on December 23, 2015, 10:39:26 PM
sorry I just saw this and it looks like someone already added to the wiki.  just to add regarding the hechsher, I know someone posted the sign, but I just asked the chabad shluchem in chancun, the druks and they said it was good so I went based on that.  Additionally, I saw another cafe with a lot of hebrew on it but I am guessing its not kosher as no one on here mentioned it and the druks didnt mention it to me, but I guess its possible it is.
Regarding the carts, you can certainly fit five pp on the bigger carts.  There are smaller ones without the back bench but make sure to get one with a back bench and you can probably put a stroller in the back.  I would guess two adults with smallest child in the front and two in the back.  Enjoy!!
thx all!!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on December 23, 2015, 10:59:43 PM
Ziva or Zilara which one? also do either offer any kosher options?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: chazan brezch on December 23, 2015, 11:08:38 PM
no need to check the box. and by us it was green and as we walked further they decided to check us out anyways
I would not check the box for only those items. My experience: I had milk, cereal, american cheese, bread and snacks. So the truth is that I really didn't have anything on the official black list.  But I wasn't sure what to do as it is "food", so I checked the box and wrote "snacks" hoping that would prevent a full search. At the light, I said yes when the guy asked "just snacks?" and he said "ok, just hit the button". I got a green light and he said "you can go". The thing is that the exit is about 20-30 feet away and that walk was like slow motion in the movies. I made it about half way to the exit when a lady came flying over and directed me to an inspection table, but she called someone to check me, so it wasn't like she saw the xray and was looking for anything specific other than to give me a hassle. The older hombre who came over smiled and said "kosher food" (more like a statement than a question). Ultimately, he only opened one of my three bags that had mostly snacks (not the milk and cheese) and while poking around he asked if I had chicken. I said "of course not, I know that you don't allow that". He smiled and let me go without opening the other bags. Moral of the story is, that it appears they are profiling frum people, so even if the xray doesn't show anything and you get the green light, they are still probably going to pull you over if you look frum.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ShlockDoc on December 23, 2015, 11:08:54 PM
Ziva or Zilara which one? also do either offer any kosher options?

Since we're going without kids, we decided on Zilara. 
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 23, 2015, 11:12:27 PM
Ziva or Zilara which one? also do either offer any kosher options?
Don't know about the zilara but im at the ziva and i would definitely recommend this place. Everything is new and modern and beautiful pools.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Sport on December 23, 2015, 11:18:27 PM

Since we're going without kids, we decided on Zilara.
+1
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: dsw193 on December 23, 2015, 11:21:50 PM
I was there in August and  had 12 POM meals (mostly meat) and got the green light and just made it through. I didn't declare anything on form.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Davidp on December 23, 2015, 11:24:31 PM
Anyone have any experience with any of the rental car companies? I'm looking at reviews online, and see tons of horror stories. Can anyone corroborate? Or "disprove"?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on December 23, 2015, 11:26:56 PM
Anyone have any experience with any of the rental car companies? I'm looking at reviews online, and see tons of horror stories. Can anyone corroborate? Or "disprove"?
yeah i cant see how its worth it to rent, seems at all of them the cheap prices will be overcome with $20 a day for TPL (or more depending on their moods).
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Davidp on December 23, 2015, 11:29:26 PM

yeah i cant see how its worth it to rent, seems at all of them the cheap prices will be overcome with $20 a day for TPL (or more depending on their moods).
Yoish. Also- has anyone stayed at the Ritz Carlton? Reviews? Just booked for 4 nights in mid-January. Was gonna book the JW for 10k less/night, but wasn't available.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on December 23, 2015, 11:53:07 PM
I was there in August and  had 12 POM meals (mostly meat) and got the green light and just made it through. I didn't declare anything on form.
wow that is risky they could have dumped them all. where did you put the pom mals in a suitcase or carry on?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: dsw193 on December 23, 2015, 11:59:49 PM
wow that is risky they could have dumped them all. where did you put the pom mals in a suitcase or carry on?
Checked suitcase Lined from all sides with pieces of foam from the box they supplied.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on December 24, 2015, 01:36:26 AM
wow that is risky they could have dumped them all. where did you put the pom mals in a suitcase or carry on?
+1. You took a big risk
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shayaj on December 24, 2015, 05:46:39 PM
Don't know about the zilara but im at the ziva and i would definitely recommend this place. Everything is new and modern and beautiful pools.

is there a refrigerator in the room?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 24, 2015, 06:57:00 PM
is there a refrigerator in the room?
Small one its technically a drink cooler but we made it the coldest and it was a reg fridge
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shayaj on December 24, 2015, 07:11:52 PM

Small one its technically a drink cooler but we made it the coldest and it was a reg fridge

Did you try asking for an additional?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 24, 2015, 07:13:48 PM
Did you try asking for an additional?
No because there was no need.  They took my kosher food and warmed it free of charge. Very easy and helpful
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shayaj on December 24, 2015, 07:20:03 PM

No because there was no need.  They took my kosher food and warmed it free of charge. Very easy and helpful
Thanks!

I didn't know witch one to choose so I made reservations for 2 nights in Zilara and 2 in Ziva
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yoshapman on December 24, 2015, 07:36:19 PM
Just an FYI I went through tonight without them checking my bags or food or making me push any button, even though I checked that I was bringing in food. Seemed like they were just very busy though. Wish I actually brought some real food with me instead of playing it safe.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: mochjas on December 24, 2015, 07:37:12 PM
No because there was no need.  They took my kosher food and warmed it free of charge. Very easy and helpful
they kept it in their freezers? what kind of food did you bring with you?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 24, 2015, 07:38:58 PM
they kept it in their freezers? what kind of food did you bring with you?
Yes, mendelsohns frozen mac n cheese, lazagna, and blintzes. We ate at red heifer so didn't take along meat dishes
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on December 25, 2015, 09:10:14 AM
The hyatt ziva is beautiful!  I had emailed the GM and he got me an awesome upgrade. The service so far is also great

On a side note: anyone know where i can buy American cheese? They confiscated it since it didn't have original label
What upgrade did you get?

I want to use a DSU but they don't participate in c&p and cash rates are $500+
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 25, 2015, 09:14:21 AM
What upgrade did you get?

I want to use a DSU but they don't participate in c&p and cash rates are $500+
i went as free nights but got upgrade to  Hyatt Ziva Ocean Front Master King (Adults Only)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yossi621 on December 25, 2015, 10:45:59 AM
i went as free nights but got upgrade to  Hyatt Ziva Ocean Front Master King (Adults Only)

going to be there with my wife end of feb, post some pics and activities please?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Sport on December 25, 2015, 11:01:29 AM
Thanks!

I didn't know witch one to choose so I made reservations for 2 nights in Zilara and 2 in Ziva
Is it really worth it to change hotels mid stay?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on December 25, 2015, 11:06:02 AM
Is it really worth it to change hotels mid stay?
i found switching a bit annoying last time i went (but i went with family/kids), wasting 3 hours of a short day
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Sport on December 25, 2015, 11:07:58 AM
i found switching a bit annoying last time i went (but i went with family/kids), wasting 3 hours of a short day
Exactly my thoughts. Im getting in Sunday night and was contemplating staying at a cheaper hotel and then going over to the zilara the next day. But decided against that bacause I'll lose half of monday.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shayaj on December 25, 2015, 11:45:36 AM

Is it really worth it to change hotels mid stay?

I'm planning to take it easy, and a port of the fun will be the experience of the two different hotels, and as it is just me and my wife it shouldn't take more then an hour or so
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 25, 2015, 12:47:31 PM
Nice, What upgrade did you get?
Do you have pictures of the room?
going to be there with my wife end of feb, post some pics and activities please?


Here are some images of the Hyatt Ziva Cancun: all pics and views were taken on premises

(http://i1067.photobucket.com/albums/u427/Mordyk1/AuunpmB2Bnw2MmTvG-wSWyhElLLTuyomZGwkdyaFbHSx_zpslj7nquqb.jpg)

(http://i1067.photobucket.com/albums/u427/Mordyk1/AkfbGEKIQNRIrODwRaNH57YeoQG52PkAvfScheoFkwHp_zpsvtuzhewm.jpg)

(http://i1067.photobucket.com/albums/u427/Mordyk1/Auo9bp_y7k9op0wOUFwIHjbVEHZo5xNCH7eSxep4I2S-_zps24zsqmbq.jpg)

(http://i1067.photobucket.com/albums/u427/Mordyk1/ArSyXpAWvL2WcWpHvZ1LpTvvvMnBJvYADyxlTZk558xj_zpsc9xb79rv.jpg)

(http://i1067.photobucket.com/albums/u427/Mordyk1/Aq4DIFhJ0ovdQDRLrzKgO4aDkRRi3FfmxU4EObokjffa_zpsque7shdk.jpg)

(http://i1067.photobucket.com/albums/u427/Mordyk1/Ag9v9kIo7mHB7C1p2hpPzGD7imxeXgrMM65ium4rakFt_zpsez4nyc1f.jpg)

(http://i1067.photobucket.com/albums/u427/Mordyk1/AhApd2FA-wh5PFYVGXxaUHcv8xKuKWGpP24zutSwhQJW_zpsl3ctqmt2.jpg)

(http://i1067.photobucket.com/albums/u427/Mordyk1/AkrAkOhkNNCibke920i5UbKW3F7tQ5IccpVhoTLji8B4_zpszusuviap.jpg)

(http://i1067.photobucket.com/albums/u427/Mordyk1/AqeVm6-wiGuf_7E7b6oSwtZMfJJoMcJ46-YWLaE-e6DX_zpsczdxkirx.jpg)
Coffe House in Hotel- one of many such beautiful shops

(http://i1067.photobucket.com/albums/u427/Mordyk1/AqLIh6y7XPjXvigtzEfjpma0vm4Jdo_DsyBIvyoy_S2C_zpsfhapjqfn.jpg)

(http://i1067.photobucket.com/albums/u427/Mordyk1/AuhY4mxOfIKbYnLkg7wDtiQyzIh17Y893OexGQaCFL9A_zpsyc40lt2z.jpg)
swim up bar

(http://i1067.photobucket.com/albums/u427/Mordyk1/AvhrrL9xbNtukE53MpJLqZCK6ImDsTW7ZLNs-kWBUebf_zpshaqmpipv.jpg)

(http://i1067.photobucket.com/albums/u427/Mordyk1/AmNyd3ZcZWzuYxCbhJZkdx0VWYJpsGU6Kg7LJv8L7e2V_zpsnmqraymt.jpg)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yossi621 on December 25, 2015, 01:10:22 PM
Heads up: Sprint has a free data add-on for mexico, but you need to call them to activate.

Verizon has something called travelpass for mexico and Canada, for $2 a day, you get to use your domestic plan while there...
for short trips its a no brainer....
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: CS91 on December 25, 2015, 04:03:16 PM
Verizon has something called travelpass for mexico and Canada, for $2 a day, you get to use your domestic plan while there...
for short trips its a no brainer....
Data too or just call and text? And can you call Mexico/Canada numbers or just US?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on December 25, 2015, 04:05:34 PM



Here are some images of the Hyatt Ziva Cancun: all pics and views were taken on premises


Looks beautiful, thanks for sharing
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yossi621 on December 26, 2015, 06:05:58 PM
Data too or just call and text? And can you call Mexico/Canada numbers or just US?
I don't know about calling back to the US, Verizon website just says that you can use your domestic allowance (data, text and minutes)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: nochum18 on December 26, 2015, 06:50:29 PM
I called us without any problems with the travel pass
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on December 26, 2015, 11:48:19 PM

Here are some images of the Hyatt Ziva Cancun: all pics and views were taken on premises


Amazing pics!!
how much points is it a night & did you get anything kosher from the all inclusive?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 27, 2015, 12:12:54 AM
Amazing pics!!
how much points is it a night & did you get anything kosher from the all inclusive?
I dont know points since i used free nights. And yes, we had coffee, dry breakfast cereal (we had our own kosher milk), fresh fruits and drinks obviously. And they did not charge to warm our food which i believe was also due to the room service being all inclusive
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Sport on December 27, 2015, 12:24:54 AM
Is renting a golf cart the only thing worth doing in Isla Mujeres? Has anyone been to Garrafón Reef Park?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on December 27, 2015, 12:25:14 AM
Me and the fam will be in the westin lagunamar in cancun Jan 24-31 (including shabbos 29-30), anyone else around planning to be at lagunamar for shabbos (willing to make a minyan in our kids suite, just need to get a Torah and a committed minyan for late morning)?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: mlml on December 27, 2015, 10:53:27 AM
I'll be 1 leaving on 26th
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 27, 2015, 11:05:27 AM
Is renting a golf cart the only thing worth doing in Isla Mujeres? Has anyone been to Garrafón Reef Park?
I was just in Garrafon. Really nice things to do over there. I booked a package in my hotel. Ferry plus activities over there. Only dolphins were excluded. Beach, pool, nice sitting area, hammock garden, snorkeling and more
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Sport on December 27, 2015, 11:10:01 AM
I was just in Garrafon. Really nice things to do over there. I booked a package in my hotel. Ferry plus activities over there. Only dolphins were excluded. Beach, pool, nice sitting area, hammock garden, snorkeling and more
Thanks, is it a full day of activities or should I do both golf carts and Garrafón ?
How much did you pay for the package ?  Theres a website thst is selling VIP package dor 109
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on December 27, 2015, 11:14:15 AM
Thanks, is it a full day of activities or should I do both golf carts and Garrafón ?
How much did you pay for the package ?  Theres a website thst is selling VIP package dor 109
Including the golf carts to see the other side of the island it can definitely be a full day. I paid $150 for a couple but that was not the vip. VIP i think is only good if you eat since its a full buffet
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: zow on December 27, 2015, 11:06:17 PM
Me and the fam will be in the westin lagunamar in cancun Jan 24-31 (including shabbos 29-30), anyone else around planning to be at lagunamar for shabbos (willing to make a minyan in our kids suite, just need to get a Torah and a committed minyan for late morning)?
Sorry we're out of sync. Our fam will be there Feb 16-21, including Shabbos 19-20.  Maybe you could stick around for a few more weeks?  ;)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on December 28, 2015, 12:51:26 AM
Sorry we're out of sync. Our fam will be there Feb 16-21, including Shabbos 19-20.  Maybe you could stick around for a few more weeks?  ;)
i wish...
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Shmuel4 on December 29, 2015, 09:27:45 PM
Has anyone used this?

https://www.livingsocial.com/escapes/properties/83633-luxury-beach-resort-in-mexico

Looks like a time-share or scam...

Please let me know before I book
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on December 30, 2015, 04:40:47 PM
Has anyone used this?

https://www.livingsocial.com/escapes/properties/83633-luxury-beach-resort-in-mexico

Looks like a time-share or scam...

Please let me know before I book
could possibly be a scam as if u want good dates they may leave u with only a crappy choice and may add heavy resort fees plus taxes on full price. why not go for the 4 nights $319 from Lagunamar (guaranteed no extra resort fees :), and comes with 5k points)?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on December 30, 2015, 04:44:29 PM
Has anyone used this?

https://www.livingsocial.com/escapes/properties/83633-luxury-beach-resort-in-mexico

Looks like a time-share or scam...

Please let me know before I book
Check tripadvisor
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Srsy on January 04, 2016, 09:54:03 PM
Me and the fam will be in the westin lagunamar in cancun Jan 24-31 (including shabbos 29-30), anyone else around planning to be at lagunamar for shabbos (willing to make a minyan in our kids suite, just need to get a Torah and a committed minyan for late morning)?
How many men are you?  I might have access to bring a Torah?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 04, 2016, 10:20:22 PM
How many men are you?  I might have access to bring a Torah?
for shabbos only 2 as of now. during the week there will be a nice sized minyan at the alternate pool (before fuego) around 715ish probably for shachris.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yoss6400 on January 05, 2016, 09:40:03 PM
planning to go end Feb iyh what's currently the best all inclusive hotel for the buck
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yoss6400 on January 05, 2016, 09:51:03 PM
the hyatt zilira is not available to book with points only the hyatt ziva makes sence?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on January 05, 2016, 10:40:14 PM
the hyatt zilira is not available to book with points only the hyatt ziva makes sence?
Yes it makes sense.  The regular rooms in zilara het booked very fast
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yoss6400 on January 05, 2016, 10:57:21 PM
Yes it makes sense.  The regular rooms in zilara het booked very fast

so what do you think is option B?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on January 05, 2016, 10:59:19 PM
so what do you think is option B?
Look upthread. I stayed at the ziva and loved every minute of it.  I posted some pics as well
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: INTELLIGENTBLONDE on January 06, 2016, 12:25:16 PM
Has anyone ever stayed at the Krystal Grand Punta? Any feedback?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Ryan the Yid on January 06, 2016, 12:59:47 PM
Check tripadvisor

I stayed in Cancun for around that price. Mexico is just cheap.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Srsy on January 06, 2016, 05:33:31 PM
Which hotels are in walking distance to Red Heifer?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: dsw193 on January 06, 2016, 05:41:31 PM
It's right next to Aloft
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: helpusout on January 07, 2016, 01:33:57 PM
Okay so whats the nicest hotel for couple + infant baby.
Hyatt Ziva/Zilarar or Westin Lagunamar.
Considering staying over shabbos, are any of them near the chabad that offers minyanim/ food?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on January 07, 2016, 03:07:11 PM
Which hotels are in walking distance to Red Heifer?
Hyatt Ziva is a 2 minute walk
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: moshe2009 on January 07, 2016, 05:04:44 PM
looking for a adults only hotel hyatt is a bit pricey
was anyone at the "Temptation Resort Spa Cancun?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: dsw193 on January 07, 2016, 05:13:27 PM
looking for a adults only hotel hyatt is a bit pricey
was anyone at the "Temptation Resort Spa Cancun?
AYLOR  (https://temptationresorts.com/cancun/faqs/)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: moshe2009 on January 07, 2016, 05:16:39 PM
AYLOR  (https://temptationresorts.com/cancun/faqs/)

oh wow sorry didn't know
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on January 08, 2016, 01:53:39 AM
AYLOR  (https://temptationresorts.com/cancun/faqs/)
Hmmmm ;D
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: ShlockDoc on January 08, 2016, 02:04:21 AM
AYLMOR

FTFY
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: dsw193 on January 08, 2016, 06:28:32 AM
FTFY
M=Mexican?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: TimT on January 08, 2016, 07:24:15 AM
M=Mexican?
Possibly but I doubt it ;)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Sport on January 08, 2016, 07:37:47 AM
I left a sandwich maker at the Hyatt Zilara for future kosher guests. If anyone wants to use it pm me for info on where to get it.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 08, 2016, 10:44:59 AM
I left a sandwich maker at the Hyatt Zilara for future kosher guests. If anyone wants to use it pm me for info on where to get it.
Shkoyach! was it toiveled? How many Seah? :)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Sport on January 08, 2016, 10:52:27 AM
Shkoyach! was it toiveled? How many Seah? :)
It was not toiveled. Instead of toiveling and risking ruining the elctrical components I gave it to one of the concierges at the hotel. So technically the hotel owns it.
Seah??
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 08, 2016, 12:04:30 PM
It was not toiveled. Instead of toiveling and risking ruining the elctrical components I gave it to one of the concierges at the hotel. So technically the hotel owns it.
Seah??
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seah_(unit) just messing.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Sport on January 08, 2016, 12:12:13 PM
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seah_(unit) just messing.
Still confused .
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 08, 2016, 12:31:08 PM
Still confused .
just kidding. if i was extremely frum, i'd ask whether not only u relied on the heterim to not toivel an eletronic item that may break, but if u toiveled did u rely on lenient opinions as to how much water was in the mikvahand if u actually checked the volume before and after tevilah.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Sport on January 08, 2016, 12:50:30 PM
just kidding. if i was extremely frum, i'd ask whether not only u relied on the heterim to not toivel an eletronic item that may break, but if u toiveled did u rely on lenient opinions as to how much water was in the mikvahand if u actually checked the volume before and after tevilah.
Got it!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yoss6400 on January 10, 2016, 02:59:56 AM
Where do i order a airport pickup from the hotel directly?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Sport on January 10, 2016, 08:02:50 AM
Where do i order a airport pickup from the hotel directly?
  which hotel?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on January 10, 2016, 08:41:34 AM
Where do i order a airport pickup from the hotel directly?
Look upthread.  http://usa-transfers.com  worked like a charm $55 round trip.  Very reliable
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on January 10, 2016, 08:51:35 AM
Look upthread.  http://usa-transfers.com  worked like a charm $55 round trip.  Very reliable
+1
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: yoss6400 on January 10, 2016, 10:08:00 AM
+1
Thanks
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: abo456 on January 10, 2016, 12:56:51 PM
I'm going to Playa Del Carmen next month for about a week or so. has anyone been to both isla mujeres and Cozumel? Which is better or is it worthwhile to go to both?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: INTELLIGENTBLONDE on January 11, 2016, 10:53:08 AM
would they take away packaged cold cuts?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on January 11, 2016, 11:12:09 AM
would they take away packaged cold cuts?
Meat, Definitely. Chicken, they took from me.  Told me there was a bird virus.  Whatever you have make sure it is a sealed package with usda stamp
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 12, 2016, 08:49:33 PM
Meat, Definitely. Chicken, they took from me.  Told me there was a bird virus.  Whatever you have make sure it is a sealed package with usda stamp
if anyone wants raw meat/chicken to cook up themselves, here is a contact from Rabbi Druk (Chabad Cancun):
can get meat/chicken from David goldzveig
email davidgoldzweig7@gmail.com
number is 9981003562
He seems to have great prices.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: efflpetzel on January 14, 2016, 12:15:07 AM
if anyone wants raw meat/chicken to cook up themselves, here is a contact from Rabbi Druk (Chabad Cancun):
can get meat/chicken from David goldzveig
email davidgoldzweig7@gmail.com
number is 9981003562
He seems to have great prices.
Do you know the hechsher ?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 14, 2016, 12:41:40 AM
Do you know the hechsher ?
its a hashgacha from mexico city, u can ask david for more details.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Aeajda1 on January 14, 2016, 12:44:27 PM
Whats the best place in Cancun to exchange money? I know a lot of places only take cash.. any recommendations? Shoud I just withdraw from ATM?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on January 14, 2016, 09:27:44 PM
Whats the best place in Cancun to exchange money? I know a lot of places only take cash.. any recommendations? Shoud I just withdraw from ATM?
I withdrew from ATM for a good rate. One place definitely not is your hotel
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on January 16, 2016, 07:24:05 PM
I withdrew from ATM for a good rate. One place definitely not is your hotel
Best thing is to use a cc with no foreign exchange fees.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 17, 2016, 04:06:55 AM
Just a reminder, trying to put together a minyan in shabbos at westin lagunamar Jan 29-30, have 4 looking for more so please pm me if u might be around...
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Fish Tank on January 17, 2016, 07:46:53 PM
Just a reminder, trying to put together a minyan in shabbos at westin lagunamar Jan 29-30, have 4 looking for more so please pm me if u might be around...
. . ..If only they had points availability :(

On that note, has anyone stayed at the other westin?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Danfan27 on January 18, 2016, 02:27:12 PM
I just booked tickets for the 2nd week in February. Staying at the Hyatt ziva with points. Now I'm up to planning activities. What is there to do/see on isla  mujeres?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Sport on January 18, 2016, 04:59:51 PM


I just booked tickets for the 2nd week in February. Staying at the Hyatt ziva with points. Now I'm up to planning activities. What is there to do/see on isla  mujeres?

I just went to Isla Mujeres. I went to Garrafon reef park where they have kayaks, snorkeling, a small zip line and some hikes. I thought it was a beautiful place but not worth the money. The kayaking is a joke, you can only go about 100 ft in each direction.
  I was told that renting a golf cart and driving around the island is amazing, so I took a cab from garrafon to where all the golf cart rental places were. Unfortunately, I had left my licences as a deposit for my locker at garaffon and no-one would rent me a golf cart without one. So I cant comment on the golf carts.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: chani21 on January 18, 2016, 07:23:10 PM
I just booked tickets for the 2nd week in February. Staying at the Hyatt ziva with points. Now I'm up to planning activities. What is there to do/see on isla  mujeres?

We didn't do any real activities on Isla Mujeres except for rent a golf cart and eat out, both were awesome though.  It was fun to be able to eat out in middle of no where basically and was so fun to drive around the island. 
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Mordyk on January 18, 2016, 07:50:56 PM
We didn't do any real activities on Isla Mujeres except for rent a golf cart and eat out, both were awesome though.  It was fun to be able to eat out in middle of no where basically and was so fun to drive around the island.
+1.  I did taxis. And walked around the stores. Was very nice
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: justaregularguy on January 18, 2016, 08:02:52 PM
my aunt is going to cancun so she called to book rooms. the site showed a certain price that she liked and called to book over the phone just in case. the rep tells her a different(higher) price then that what was listed. she asked the rep why the high price when the price online says much lower?? the rep says-no joke- that they don't know why, but during about 2 weeks in middle of winter all the jews from new York(rep. said ''new york'') come to cancun, so we charge our holiday prices...and we get it! ;D ;D
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: zow on January 18, 2016, 09:51:13 PM
my aunt is going to cancun so she called to book rooms. the site showed a certain price that she liked and called to book over the phone just in case. the rep tells her a different(higher) price then that what was listed. she asked the rep why the high price when the price online says much lower?? the rep says-no joke- that they don't know why, but during about 2 weeks in middle of winter all the jews from new York(rep. said ''new york'') come to cancun, so we charge our holiday prices...and we get it! ;D ;D
#funnynotfunny
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Danfan27 on January 19, 2016, 10:53:13 PM
Did anyone ever go to isla contoy? I'm looking into it and it looks nice but I don't know if it's worth the $$$?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 20, 2016, 05:29:43 PM
I think being a DDFer can mean a lot of things, but one of them is someone who can adapt quickly to changes in trip plans. So excited right now b/c of the upcoming weather i checked in with United to see if they could move up my flights from SUnday to Friday/Thursday night, and after some time on the phone and getting acquainted to a great supervisor named Kathy, She switched my 2 sets of reservations (2 xn points reservations and 2 off of a UR points purchase locked K class reservation) to a friday morning Delta flight getting full mileage (skypesos, which is appropriate for cancun) and now i'm booked in for an extra shabbos of vacation, staying at the Intercontinental Presidente, 6 minutes from Chabad. Anyone have info on this hotel?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 22, 2016, 01:33:01 AM
and we came even earlier due to some United cust service oopsies (but happy to be at the high class aloft right now in a $200 room for 4k points (just kidding, pretty cheapy place as i knew from last time, but clean enough to sleep before going to real resorts, and at least they give u 2 big bottles of water). as noted by others, if you look jewish/have a big family, CUSTOMS WILL STOP YOU AND CHECK even if you get a green (i actually heard the guy say Kosher when he looked at me and told me to come with him anyway after the green, i had a big yarmulke on). I knew and didnt bring anything but had a leftover tuna sandwich and they made me write my name down and threw it away. DONT bring expensive meals or chicken/beef, too dangerous.
Actually happy they stopped me b/c i saw some families whisk by while the main guy spent time going through all 3 of my big bags plus a bunch of carry-ons, while i chuckled along. I would sue for discrimination, but if even El Chapo cant get a fair shake here, i can't expect much :).
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on January 22, 2016, 10:57:40 AM
When I was there in the summer,  they did let sealed cheese through.
But glad you made it down there,  this thread brings back such good memories
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Sport on January 22, 2016, 11:41:13 AM
When I was there in the summer,  they did let sealed cheese through.
But glad you made it down there,  this thread brings back such good memories
They let me through with cheese also, but he told me that  it wasnt really allowed because it didn't have a usda seal on it. All it took to bribe him was a bar of rosemary chocolate
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: lunatic on January 22, 2016, 11:52:19 AM
They let me through with cheese also, but he told me that  it wasnt really allowed because it didn't have a usda seal on it. All it took to bribe him was a bar of rosemary chocolate
Lol.  They took away my unsealed cheese
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: zow on January 22, 2016, 02:46:54 PM
and we came even earlier due to some United cust service oopsies (but happy to be at the high class aloft right now in a $200 room for 4k points (just kidding, pretty cheapy place as i knew from last time, but clean enough to sleep before going to real resorts, and at least they give u 2 big bottles of water). as noted by others, if you look jewish/have a big family, CUSTOMS WILL STOP YOU AND CHECK even if you get a green (i actually heard the guy say Kosher when he looked at me and told me to come with him anyway after the green, i had a big yarmulke on). I knew and didnt bring anything but had a leftover tuna sandwich and they made me write my name down and threw it away. DONT bring expensive meals or chicken/beef, too dangerous.
Actually happy they stopped me b/c i saw some families whisk by while the main guy spent time going through all 3 of my big bags plus a bunch of carry-ons, while i chuckled along. I would sue for discrimination, but if even El Chapo cant get a fair shake here, i can't expect much :).

Glad you made it! And thanks for the heads up about what not to bring. We'll be staying at Aloft for our first night, too, so glad it sounds at least bearable.   Enjoy your Cancun Shabbos (first of two, right?) and looking forward to hearing more...maybe info on the IC.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 23, 2016, 08:26:20 PM
Glad you made it! And thanks for the heads up about what not to bring. We'll be staying at Aloft for our first night, too, so glad it sounds at least bearable.   Enjoy your Cancun Shabbos (first of two, right?) and looking forward to hearing more...maybe info on the IC.
Just had a beautiful shabbos with Chabad meals and staying at the Intercontinental Presidente, really a great place for a pesach program or something. nice big lobby to chill in the afternoon, and lots of first floor rooms (no steps needed). decent pools (one adults only one family, felt a lil cool not sure if heated). really great service.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: DG613 on January 26, 2016, 01:59:21 PM
My family just got back from Cancun yesterday. The info in the wiki from this thread was SO helpful! Especially helped us deal with our Kosher food requirements. Dag Dag did not end up opening on 1/13. Should be sometime this week according to the person I spoke with.

We got lucky with customs -- brought it Costco packs of cheese, bread, and tuna fish. Deeper inspection of luggage seemed like 50/50 odds in Mexico, those who get the green light just go through (which we got) and others with the red light need inspection.

We stayed at the Emporio on the hotel zone. They have full kitchen suites that slept all 6 of us relatively easily for $172 per night. A few miles away from the Chabad, but worth it if you have a large family and not enough points to get all the free rooms that I see people here getting (I'll get there!). Public transportation was easy and cheap. I learned my lesson with cash -- should have brought over a lot more with us to turn into Pesos. Using the ATM machines there was expensive and the fraud alerts were a huge pain to deal with. I just couldn't figure out how to dial the US from my Verizon cell phone to call my bank while I was there. Thank goodness for Google Hangouts Dialer. Also, bring a lot of US 1 dollar bills with you. Good for tips.

Verizon TravelPass helped a lot too. You really need a phone there to help get around if you have never been there. Used it all the time for Google Maps and Google translate (download the Spanish language pack for offline use before you go). If you have an Android phone make sure you keep allowing roaming data. Sometime the phone reverted back to restricting it and I thought I just didn't have data reception.

Also went to Isla Mujeres. Not a whole lot to do with kids but super fun non-the-less. Just driving around exploring areas off the beaten path with the golf cart and eating at Cafe Maya made the trip worth every minute. We could have spent a whole extra day there just letting the kids explore the rocks/tide pools on the beach. Big tip for Cafe Maya -- bring Pesos! The Pesos exchange rate was $1 to 17 Pesos. If you wanted to pay for your meal with USA dollars they wanted $1:13. No credit cards didn't help. Saw plenty of people come in and turn right around when they saw that exchange rate in the restaurant -- they went to go get Pesos.

Anyway, I'm new to posting around here but wanted to share our experience with you. Thank all of you for your tips and tricks!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on January 26, 2016, 04:26:29 PM
My family just got back from Cancun yesterday. The info in the wiki from this thread was SO helpful! Especially helped us deal with our Kosher food requirements. Dag Dag did not end up opening on 1/13. Should be sometime this week according to the person I spoke with.

We got lucky with customs -- brought it Costco packs of cheese, bread, and tuna fish. Deeper inspection of luggage seemed like 50/50 odds in Mexico, those who get the green light just go through (which we got) and others with the red light need inspection.

We stayed at the Emporio on the hotel zone. They have full kitchen suites that slept all 6 of us relatively easily for $172 per night. A few miles away from the Chabad, but worth it if you have a large family and not enough points to get all the free rooms that I see people here getting (I'll get there!). Public transportation was easy and cheap. I learned my lesson with cash -- should have brought over a lot more with us to turn into Pesos. Using the ATM machines there was expensive and the fraud alerts were a huge pain to deal with. I just couldn't figure out how to dial the US from my Verizon cell phone to call my bank while I was there. Thank goodness for Google Hangouts Dialer. Also, bring a lot of US 1 dollar bills with you. Good for tips.

Verizon TravelPass helped a lot too. You really need a phone there to help get around if you have never been there. Used it all the time for Google Maps and Google translate (download the Spanish language pack for offline use before you go). If you have an Android phone make sure you keep allowing roaming data. Sometime the phone reverted back to restricting it and I thought I just didn't have data reception.

Also went to Isla Mujeres. Not a whole lot to do with kids but super fun non-the-less. Just driving around exploring areas off the beaten path with the golf cart and eating at Cafe Maya made the trip worth every minute. We could have spent a whole extra day there just letting the kids explore the rocks/tide pools on the beach. Big tip for Cafe Maya -- bring Pesos! The Pesos exchange rate was $1 to 17 Pesos. If you wanted to pay for your meal with USA dollars they wanted $1:13. No credit cards didn't help. Saw plenty of people come in and turn right around when they saw that exchange rate in the restaurant -- they went to go get Pesos.

Anyway, I'm new to posting around here but wanted to share our experience with you. Thank all of you for your tips and tricks!
Shkoyach and thanks for your tips!! hoping to double dip at Cafe Maya later in the week for breakfast and lunch! seems from yelp they are closed Wednesday Thursday, is that true? can anyone confirm (unfortunately no working number)...
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: eliteflyer on January 26, 2016, 05:38:20 PM
Unlike other Ziva/Zilara properties where the DSU category of "suites" is  not even to a real suite, I learned that the DSU at the Ziva Cancun is to a "Pyramid Suite" ("bi-level 1,316 sq ft with a King bed"). For a five night stay in May on their 50% off + 5th night free promotion, the total is $267/$333 per night (one adult/two adults) AAA rates were just a few dollars higher ($270/$337) per night if you're not planning on staying five nights or want to use award nights for some of the nights (and hope they let you stay in the same suite for the whole stay). Just figured this would be useful to folks here traveling with kids and wanting some room to spread out. I haven't been able to find any pictures of the Pyramid Suite yet.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: zow on January 26, 2016, 06:14:50 PM
My family just got back from Cancun yesterday.

Anyway, I'm new to posting around here but wanted to share our experience with you. Thank all of you for your tips and tricks!
As Shiframeir said, Shakoyach, and welcome! Great advice about bringing cash, having pesos, phone/data, Isla M. Looking forward to your next TR!
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Ask5599 on January 26, 2016, 06:34:22 PM
Where is the best place to get pesos for the best rate
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: MrPrime1 on January 26, 2016, 07:12:34 PM
Got back from ziva yesterday. Was very impressed with the place. Highly recommend.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Danfan27 on January 26, 2016, 08:20:50 PM
Got back from ziva yesterday. Was very impressed with the place. Highly recommend.

Are the dolphins there yet?
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: Tzadik Nistar on January 26, 2016, 08:55:41 PM
Unlike other Ziva/Zilara properties where the DSU category of "suites" is  not even to a real suite, I learned that the DSU at the Ziva Cancun is to a "Pyramid Suite" ("bi-level 1,316 sq ft with a King bed"). For a five night stay in May on their 50% off + 5th night free promotion, the total is $267/$333 per night (one adult/two adults) AAA rates were just a few dollars higher ($270/$337) per night if you're not planning on staying five nights or want to use award nights for some of the nights (and hope they let you stay in the same suite for the whole stay). Just figured this would be useful to folks here traveling with kids and wanting some room to spread out. I haven't been able to find any pictures of the Pyramid Suite yet.
If you are booking with kids the price will go up alot as it's all inclusive hotel
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: MrPrime1 on January 26, 2016, 09:19:38 PM
Are the dolphins there yet?
Not yet. Some employees said maybe next month
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: eliteflyer on January 27, 2016, 12:31:01 AM
If you are booking with kids the price will go up alot as it's all inclusive hotel
except our kids are under three and therefore free, but I take your point for families with older children.
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: zow on January 27, 2016, 01:02:01 AM
except our kids are under three and therefore free, but I take your point for families with older children.
Small children, small problems. Big children.... ::)
Title: Re: Cancun, Mexico Master Thread
Post by: MrPrime1 on January 27, 2016, 08:01:19 AM
One thing that really annoyed me is that they wouldn't let me 2 year old in the kids club. They said ages are 4-12. There wasn't one kid in the club, they wanted me to pay for a private sitter if I wanted to leave him there. I said that I would obviously stay with him but they said parents aren't allowed. I found that odd